Celebrate Apheresis Awareness Day!
The purpose of Apheresis Awareness Day is to raise awareness of apheresis procedures and honor the many donors, patients, and apheresis practitioners that have dedicated their lives to saving others through apheresis.
Instead of collecting a unit (about a pint) of your blood as a whole, donations can be made for only the component that is needed most by local patients. These donations are made through an automated process known as apheresis. This process collects whole blood from the donor, isolates the needed component, then returns the remaining components along with a saline solution back to the donor.
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Red cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are needed for hospital patients who may have experienced a loss of blood due to surgery or a car accident, or a patient suffering from anemia.
Though a whole-blood donation can be used to treat these patients, typically only the red cells are needed. Eligible donors are encouraged to give a double-red cell (or “Power Red”) donation. This donation is 2 units of collected red blood cells as opposed to a single unit taken during a whole-blood donation.
Platelets are yellow in color and the clotting agents in our blood. When we are cut, platelets are essential to help minimize bleeding. Patients being treated for blood diseases, including cancer, often need frequent platelet transfusions as treatment for the disease can reduce platelet count.
Plasma is a yellowish fluid that makes up more than one-half our total blood volume. Plasma is mostly water, but also contains proteins and many other important ingredients the body needs.
Like platelets, plasma’s most important job is to help stop bleeding. Plasma is vital for hospital personnel to have on hand in order to treat burn victims and patients battling cancer.
Learn more about apheresis donations here. Donate today to help save lives!
Many lives have been saved thanks to generous donors. Check out a few stories below. Plus, share your photos and stories with us on social media! Tag us and use #ApheresisAwarenessDay.