What blood type do you have to be to donate platelets?

type AB
All blood types, except for type O negative and type B negative, are encouraged to try platelet donation. Type O negative and type B negative can make the most impact for patients in need by continuing to give whole blood or a Power Red donation. If you are type AB you can make the most impact by donating plasma.

Can any blood group donate platelets?

Platelets are not as type specific as red blood cells, meaning that most patients can accept platelets from donors with any blood type, regardless of the patient’s blood type.

Can O+ donate platelets to B+?

Just 7% of the population has O- blood, so that’s why O- donors should always give red blood cells. People with A+, B+, AB-, AB+ and O+ blood types should consider donating platelets for optimum compatibility with the largest number of recipients.

Is it painful to donate platelets?

Does donating platelets hurt? Most people say they only feel a slight pinch of the needle at the start of the donation. Because platelet donors get their oxygen-carrying red cells back, donors report feeling less tired than after giving blood.

What should I eat before donating platelets?

You should eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids one to two hours before donating platelets. We also suggest that you increase your consumption of calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products) or take a calcium supplement the evening before your donation and also the morning of your donation.

Is it better to give whole blood or platelets?

It has also been shown that apheresis platelet donations are safer for the patient than whole-blood derived ones. It is for these reasons that SBC only collects platelets by apheresis. Patients that need platelets include cancer patients, accident victims, transplant recipients, and many others.

How much money do you get for donating platelets?

On average, centers pay $30 per donation or up to $400 per month if donating the maximum allowed times. Additionally, some companies offer rewards programs to allow for more earnings. Who Can Donate Plasma?

Who should donate platelets?

Almost anyone who is a whole blood donor can donate platelets. You are eligible if you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health. You can donate platelets every 7 days or a total of 24 times per year.

Do you get paid to donate platelets?

You can expect to be paid anywhere from $20 to $50 per donation. The range in compensation is related to the volume of plasma you’re able to donate. The FDA sets the guidelines and the ranges are 110-149 pounds, 150-174 pounds, and 175-400 pounds. The more poundage, the more plasma, and the more cash you’re paid.

Why should I donate platelets?

Platelets are important because they help blood to clot. Unlike with blood donations, platelet donations may be made every three days. All platelet donations must undergo laboratory testing before they are used by a patient. Platelet donation is very similar to blood donation.