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Saving Lives With Your Platelets

Platelet Donation 101 in 1 Minute

Why give a blood donation of just your platelets? It's easy to do, makes a world of difference, and is something tangible you can do right now that truly helps people who are battling cancer and other illnesses.

Be a Hero & Get Some "Me Time"

Become a platelet donor. What else can you do that literally saves lives and lets you relax for a bit? Watch...you'll be amazed at how easy it is to be a hero and take a break from the hectic world we live in!

Fast Facts About Platelets:

  • are most often used for people undergoing cancer treatment, which is one reason they are always in demand.

  • platelets help people survive chemotherapy and radiation. They also help people with bleeding disorders and who need surgery.

  • help your blood clot, which prevents and stops bleeding.

  • have a short shelf life of five days.

When giving an automated donation of platelets, you:

  • save up to three lives by providing up to 3 doses of platletlets patients need. It takes many whole blood donations to make one therapeutic dose of platelets.

  • help minimize risks associated with transfusions because they come from only you, as opposed to pooled platelets from multiple whole blood donations.

  • receive your red blood cells back.

  • can donate every two weeks, up to 24 times a year.


You must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. 16 year olds can donate with a parent's permission. Questions about eligibility? Call 401-453-8307.

Step by Step

Platelets are collected through a special device, which allows you to give just the part of your blood patients need the most. 

  1. Your donation begins with your blood being collected with a special device.
  2. The device separates your red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
  3. The blood cells that are not needed are painlessly returned to you during donation using single, safe and sterile tubing.
  4. The collection, separation, and return happen intermittently throughout the donation.

Be Inspired

Platelets are often referred to as "liquid gold" for their color and because they are priceless to people who need them to live, like 10-year-old Joni Guay. Get inspired by those who give and those who receive your platelet donations.

Read Joni's Story

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