How long does Automated Apheresis take?
Unlike a regular whole blood donation, a typical platelet
donation takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. During
that time you can relax while watching a movie, listening to music,
or visiting with our dedicated and friendly staff. Don’t forget –
it’s important to complete the full process time. Your commitment
can make the difference between saving a single patient or two
Are Automated Apheresis donations safe?
Donor safety is the utmost priority at Florida’s Blood Centers.
Each procedure is closely monitored by one or more of our trained
staff. The collection instruments are designed with numerous donor
safety devices. The donor’s blood never comes into direct contact
with the instrument. A disposable, one time use, collection set is
utilized for the procedure. Anticoagulant (ACD) is used to prevent
the blood from clotting during the separation process. This type of
anticoagulant is metabolized quickly and does not remain in a
donor’s circulation post donation.
Am I eligible to be an Automated Apheresis donor?
Donors must meet the same eligibility requirements as a whole
blood donor. In addition, because aspirin affects the sticky
function of platelets, apheresis donors are asked not to take
aspirin or aspirin-like products (Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen) 48
hours prior to the scheduled appointment. If you have any questions
regarding eligibilty, please contact our Customer Care staff at
888.9.DONATE (ext. 5082 or ext. 5472) or
Are there any side effects?
Some donors feel a slight tingling around their lips or nose.
This is a normal reaction to the anticoagulant used during the
collection. The operator can make adjustments that can decrease or
eliminate this effect. Some donors feel a slight chill during the
donation process. Let our staff know if you are cold. You’ll be
warmed up with an extra blanket or heat pack. We want your
experience here at Florida’s Blood Centers to be pleasant and
comfortable every time!