Uchangiaji damu wa Apheresis

What is apheresis? 

Apheresis is the process of separating blood into its different components: Platelets, Red Blood Cells (RBCs) and Plasma. This technology allows us to collect what our patients need and return the rest of the blood to the donor.

Donor safety is our top priority - automated blood collections are very safe. During the donation, blood is drawn from one arm using a sterile needle and channeled through single-use tubing into a single-use sterile collection kit within the apheresis machine. The machine spins the blood to separate it, collects the most needed components and safely returns the remaining blood through the same sterile needle used for collection.

To assure that only a safe amount of blood is taken, the collection process is customized based on the donor's physical size and donation frequency, as well as multiple other factors.

Is apheresis safe for me?

Yes, apheresis donations are very safe. Each donation is closely supervised by trained staff who observe the donors throughout the process. Only a small percentage of your platelets are collected, so there are no risks of bleeding.

Are there any side effects during the procedure?

The majority of apheresis donors do not experience discomfort during the collection process. Some feel a slight chill or tingling sensation around the lips and nose during donation which are not serious side effects and can be well managed by trained profesionals.

Criteria for apheresis donation

The requirements are similar to whole blood donations. Apheresis donors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be in good health.
  • Weigh at least 50kg.
  • For apheresis platelet donation the donor's platelet count should be above 150 × 10 9/L.
  • For apheresis plasma donation, the donor's total protein level should be greater than 60 g/L.
  • For double red cell apheresis, donors of either gender require a minimum haemoglobin level of 14.0 g/dl (68)