Types of Donations

  • Whole Blood Donation
  • Single Donor Platelets
Whole Blood Donations

  • This is the most common type of donation in the process of which approximately a unit of ‘whole blood’ is given.
  • The blood is separated into transfusable components i.e. into red cells, plasma, as well as Platelets or cryoprecipitate AHF.
  • It takes about 8 – 10 minutes for the Blood donation.
  • Donors are eligible to donate ‘whole blood’ every 90 days.
Single Donor Platelets

  • This process utilizes a Platelet Aphaeresis Machine which extracts only the Platelets and then returns the rest of the cells back to Donors body.
  • A single donation of Platelets collected by aphaeresis can constitute, 6-8 whole blood donations to constitute a single transfusable unit of Platelets.
  • The donation takes approximately upto 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Donors are eligible to donate ‘Single Donor Platelets’ every 48 hours.