Community pheresis donation involves removing specific components from whole blood during the donation process. Components such as platelets, red blood cells and/or plasma are removed and the remaining blood is returned to the donor. Each component can then be used to treat patients suffering from a wide range of diseases and disorders, including cancer, hemophilia and other conditions.
At the time of your donation a nurse will review your records to determine the best type of components for you to contribute. All blood types are welcome for a pheresis donation.
If you are interested in making a pheresis donation, you must first visit the Blood Donor Center and make a whole blood donation. Your blood and platelet count will be tested to ensure your eligibility. A representative will contact you with the results and to schedule your next appointment.
Platelets are viable for only five days and must be administered to patients within that time period. A constant supply is critical to our patients in need of platelet transfusions. Please allow enough time as the procedure may take one and a 1/2 to two hours, depending on your donation. Pheresis appointments are available Monday through Thursday at the Blood Donor Center.
To make an appointment call (626) 397-5422.