What is Apheresis 

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What is apheresis?

Apheresis is an automated donation process that enables the collection of specific blood components with the assistance of a special machine. One and two units of red cells, platelets and plasma can be collected through apheresis procedures.

How are apheresis products collected?

Instead of flowing directly into a bag, your blood enters a system of sterile tubing connected to a machine where a small centrifuge “spins” and separates the blood into its basic components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. The desired products are collected and stored in sterile bags and the remaining blood components are then safely returned back to you along with hydrating solutions to help you feel more refreshed.

Why is blood separated?

Different products help hospital patients in different ways. Red cells, platelets and plasma are integral in the treatment of cancer, organ and bone marrow transplants, as well as trauma.

Why is apheresis important to the community?

Apheresis enables Indiana Blood Center to collect a greater quantity of life-saving products from just one donor. This benefits patients who need large amounts of specific components. Maximize your donation as an apheresis donor and take your life-saving role to the next level.

Who can donate and how often?  

Eligibility guidelines are the same as for whole blood donations, however, you must not take aspirin within 48 hours of your appointment. Eligibility dates vary by the combination of blood components collected during your apheresis procedure(s). (In general, you can donate more frequently in a year than you can with a typical whole blood donation.) 

How long does the apheresis procedure take?

Apheresis procedures can take from 30 minutes to two hours, so donors should allow up to two hours for the donation process, which includes paperwork, mini-physical, donation and refresh. 

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