Children's Hospital Colorado

Apheresis Platelet Donations

A woman donates blood

Children with cancer or leukemia, transplant patients and patients with blood disorders, such as aplastic anemia, benefit from apheresis blood products. Many times during chemotherapy and radiation treatment, both cancer cells and healthy cells are destroyed, therefore patients need transfusions to prevent hemorrhaging or to fight infection. A limited number of donors may be necessary for a specific patient.

What is a Platelet Donation?

Platelets are the components of your blood necessary to control bleeding. During a procedure called apheresis, we use a Trima machine to separate your blood into its components (red cells, plasma & platelets). The machine can then collect just the platelets from your blood (or a combination of platelets, plasma &/or red cells) and return the rest using just one needle.

  • Platelets only last 5 days, so we always need platelet donors
  • Platelet donations take about two hours
  • We provide movies to watch (including Netflix new releases), WiFi and plenty of snacks and drinks
  • You can donate platelets every two weeks
  • Platelet appointments are available at the Blood Donor Center every Monday - Thursday from 6:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.; Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Contact Info

Blood Donor Center
Phone: 720-777-5398
Fax: 720-777-7255