Apheresis - Automated Blood Collection

Automated blood collection, an increasingly common procedure, is the process of removing a specific component of the blood, such as platelets, and returning the remaining components, such as red blood cells and plasma, to the donor. This procedure also helps Community Blood Center to more effectively respond to the needs of the hospitals and patients in the community.

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State-of-the-Art Technology for More Donation Choices

Automated blood collection equipment allows the Community Blood Center to offer donors more choices than ever for blood donation. This technology lets donors provide red cells, fresh frozen plasma and/or platelets in combinations not previously possible. The separation of the red cells, platelets and plasma occurs during the donation process, and the remaining blood components are returned to the donor.

How are red blood cells, platelets and plasma used?

Red blood cell transfusions are critical for many patients who have suffered a traumatic injury,have anemia or have undergone surgery. Platelets help patients with blood disorders, such as leukemia and aplastic anemia. They help stop bleeding. Fresh frozen plasma increases the level of clotting factors to help control bleeding.

What are the advantages of automated blood collection?

Increases flexibility for donors - Donors can give red cells, platelets, plasma or various combinations of all three. With the previous technology, platelet donors could give only platelets. Now they can provide red cells and plasma during a single donation. Whole blood donation delivers only a fraction of the platelets needed for a transfusion, but automated blood collection allows the donor to give enough platelets for a complete transfusion. components must be separated from the whole blood before they can be transfused to a patient. Automated blood collection performs the separation during the donation, which takes only about an hour, allowing Community Blood Center to more effectively respond to the needs of the hospitals and patients in the community.

Are there special requirements for automated blood donors?

The requirements for automated blood collection are unique for each process. During your next visit to the CBC, we encourage you to ask about automated blood collection and the advantages this technology provides to a donor.
Note: The automated blood collection donation procedure takes longer than that for whole blood donation. A whole blood donation takes about 10–20 minutes to collect the blood, while an apheresis donation may take about one to two hours.

To learn more about Apheresis or to schedule an apheresis donation appointment
please call us at (816) 968-4055.