This information has been taken from the Red Cross Donor’s Information Page. Many people do not realise that there are three different kinds of donations they can make to the Blood Bank. For family and friends of people with ITP it can be hard to sit by and do nothing. Making a donation of Blood, Plasma or Platelets can help friends and family to feel like there is something they can actually do to help.
1. Whole Blood Donation
This involves collecting 3 blood components (red cells, plasma and platelets). O negative donors are always needed for whole blood donations. It is the only blood type that can be safely given to everyone – whatever their blood type, so they are known as ‘universal donors’.
Donations can be made every 12 weeks
Most people are able to donate whole blood if they:
- are fit, healthy and not suffering from a cold, flu or other illness at the time of donation
- are between 16-70 years old (in some states 16 & 17 years olds require parental consent)
- weigh more than 45kg
2. Plasma Donation
Plasma donations involve donating a concentrated collection of plasma only through a process called apheresis.
It takes about 45 minutes, though please allow 1.5 hours for the whole process from interview to refreshments.
You can donate every 2 weeks as your red cells are returned to you when you donate
Blood type A, AB and B donors are particularly needed for plasma donations.
To become a plasma donor you must:
- have given at least 1 successful whole blood donation in the past 2 years.
- be between 18-65 years old (men); between 20-65 years old (women).
- weigh 50kg or more
3. Platelet Donation
Platelet donation involves donating a concentrated collection of platelets only through a process called apheresis.
You can donate every 2-4 weeks as platelets are replaced within a few days of donation.
Blood type A and O donors are particularly needed for platelet donation.
To become a platelet donor you must:
- have given at least 1 successful whole blood donation in the past 2 years
- be between 18-65 years old (men); 20-65 years old (women).
- weigh 50kg or more
Interested in donating?