How Platelet Donation Works

What Happens When You Donate Platelets

Platelets are donated through a process called plateletpheresis, which is much more efficient than gathering platelets from whole blood donations. (A single platelet treatment would require six to eight whole blood donors instead of just one plateletpheresis donor.) It is better for the patient because it reduces exposure to multiple donors.

The platelet donation process follows the same steps as whole blood donation registration, screening, donation and after-care.