Plasma can be frozen for up to two years and blood products made from plasma can be stored for up to two years.
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, 1.7 MB)
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