Education: Apheresis

You trust Indiana Blood Center to make the most of your very personal gift. Many of our donors have the potential to give an apheresis donation. This means you have an opportunity to maximize your donation and have a greater impact on patients in need.

What is apheresis?

Apheresis is an automated process by which whole blood is collected and separated into its individual components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The specified product is collected and the remaining components are returned to you. By using apheresis, Indiana Blood Center is able to customize your donation to patients’ specific needs.

CaptureDo the double and share your rare

Donors with blood types O, A-, or B- are eligible for a double red cell apheresis donation. Donors with O+ and O- blood types are particularly encouraged to donate via apheresis, as type O- blood can be given to all patients. Red cell donors are eligible to give through the apheresis process every 112 days.

Maximize your donation power

Capture1Donors with all blood types are encouraged to donate via a plateletapheresis donation. Those with A+ blood (the second most common blood type) are especially encouraged. The most powerful part of A+ blood is found in the platelets, which can be donated every two weeks, up to 24 times a year.

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