When donating, you will give around 470mL of blood. This is about 7% - 8% of the blood volume of an average adult, or 1.5 cans of soft drink, plus 15mL for test samples.
A platelet transfusion can be the difference between life and death for leukaemia patients and people undergoing chemotherapy. As new treatments develop, more patients are being successfully treated with platelets which mean there is a growing demand for platelet transfusions.
Platelet donor criteria:
There is also minimal risk of iron depletion because red blood cells are returned to the donor.
To learn more or to sign up to be a Platelet Donor, please contact one of the following Donor Centres:
How to become a platelet donor (pdf, 3 MB)
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