With the ongoing need for platelet products, and the Winter Olympics kicking off in February, Virginia Blood Services would like to take this opportunity to encourage donors to be an Olympic Platelet Donor.
Some cancer treatments and surgeries cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, patients are given a transfusion of platelets to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages.
All donors who participate at a platelet mobile blood drive or community donor center will receive a limited edition “Olympic Platelet Donor” t-shirt, while supplies last.
Platelet Donations vs. Whole Blood Donation
A platelet donation takes just a little longer than a whole blood donation and is done via an automated system that returns other components to your body. Because their shelf life is very short (just 5 days compared to 42 days for whole blood), platelets are constantly needed. Your ONE donation for platelets will allow you to donate enough for a complete patient dose. That’s supporting ONE patient directly!
You can continue to support patients every 7 days through platelet donations. Please consider increasing your donation frequency and continue to support life through blood donation.
If you have A, B or AB blood types, please consider a platelet donation today. Learn more.
To schedule a platelet appointment, click here.
If you are interested in hosting a platelet blood drive to honor a recipient, please contact us!
Donate Platelets. Save Lives.
Rules: Promotion runs February 1 – February 28, 2018. All participating platelet donors will receive one t-shirt while supplies last. Limited sizes and quantities available. Promotion good at all donor centers and mobile platelet drives only. Giveaways are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. Must be at least 18 years of age (16 and 17 years of age with signed parental consent) for actual donation. ITxM employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Please bring ID with you on the day of donation. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A donor or military ID, driver’s license, passport or employee or student ID with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. Birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.