Donating Platelets

What Are Platelets?

Platelets are the smallest of the three major types of blood components and help control bleeding. When you’re bleeding, platelets gather at the wound to block the flow of blood. Once the platelets begin working, plasma joins in the clotting process by binding your platelets together. As a clot forms the injury can begin to heal.

How Long Does It Take?

Platelet donations usually take 90-120 minutes. During that time you can read a book, connect to our Wi-Fi, use a computer, watch a movie, use a mobile device, or just sit back and relax knowing you’re helping save a life.

How Often Can I Donate?

You can donate platelets every 14 days.

Who Benefits from Platelets?

Platelet transfusions are used by a number of patients. Like those being treated for hemorrhaging, cancer, organ transplant, bone marrow transplants, and heart surgery.

Can I Donate Platelets?

Typically we look for non-first time donors who are A+, B+, O+, AB+ or AB- and meet the following requirements:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Weigh at least 112 pounds
  • No aspirin or aspirin-containing drugs in the past 48 hours
  • Appointment required - Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) to make an appointment to donate platelets.

Please contact your local donation center to ensure the location is currently offering platelet donation.