PLATELET DONATION

PLATELET DONATION

Sometimes in life we refrain from helping others only because we don’t know what it exactly entails. Our intentions are good but our knowledge is restricted.

In our constant endeavor to increase awareness about the importance of Platelet Donation, the Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation in association with Tata Memorial Hospital and Federation of Bombay Blood Banks (FBBB), is conducting Platelet Awareness Drives across Mumbai to spread the importance of Platelet Donation.

Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back you from doing good. Here’s everything you need to know about Platelet Donation

WHAT IS PLATELET DONATION ALL ABOUT?

Did you know that our blood is made up of four components viz platelets, plasma, red blood cells and white blood cells? During Platelet donation, a small portion of your blood will be drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell separating machine.

The machine will collect the platelets from the blood and safely return the remaining blood components, back to you. It is a simple safe process very much like a regular blood donation and can help save lives especially those undergoing bone marrow transplant, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment or organ transplant.

It is also highly required for patients suffering from Dengue and Malaria too. The amazing thing about platelet donation is that your body is able to replenish its supply of platelets very quickly so there is always plentiful supply.

As a donor, you are allowed to donate platelets twice a week, unlike routine blood donation, which can be done only once in 3 months. However, donors are allowed to donate platelets maximum 24 times a year.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO BE A PLATELET DONOR?

- In order to become a platelet donor you will have to first undergo a blood check up where your blood sample will be taken for blood grouping, CBC and mandatory tests for screening, transfusion and transmitted infections. After clearing all tests, you become eligible for platelet donation.

- You need to be in the age group 18- 50 year

- Weigh more than 55 kgs

We request your involvement and commitment to ensure that this project reaches out to as many needy patients as possible and benefit millions of cancer afflicted across this country.