Platelet Donation

A platelet donation, using an automated apheresis (AY-fur-EE-sis) process, collects the equivalent of six times the amount of platelets that typically would be collected from a whole blood donation and benefits patients by exposing them to blood from fewer donors.

  • Donors are in constant demand as platelets have a shelf-life of only five days
  • Types most needed: A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB- 
  • Donate every two weeks, (24 times/year); two days later, you can donate whole blood. You must wait 56 days to donate again after giving whole blood.
  • Approximate donation time: 2 hours
  • Platelet donations can be made at our Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, and St. Paul donor center locations
  • Call to schedule an appointment: 651-332-7150

Want to find out if you can donate platelets?
Please contact us at 651-332-7150.

Platelet Apheresis FAQ

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  • Why donate platelets?

  • How is a platelet donation different from a whole blood donation?

  • Why is platelet apheresis so important?

  • How long does the process take?

  • How often can I donate?

  • Are there special eligibility requirements?

  • Making an HLA-Match

Learn more
Contact us at 1-888-GIVE-BLD for additional information.
Platelet Apheresis Donations Brochure