Platelets play an important role in hemostasis by leading the blood clotting process. Unlike other blood components, platelets have a relatively short shelf life of five days at room temperature. Platelets are a natural source of growth factors.
Platelets are collected in HemaCare’s FDA-registered collection centers from healthy IRB consented donors. Platelets are collected using the Trima Accel® Automated Blood Collection System platelet collection protocol in an acid-citrate-dextrose (ACD) anticoagulant blood bag.
Use platelets immediately upon receipt.
Testing: Donors are tested for HBV, HCV, HIV, HTLV, WNV, Trypanosoma cruzi, and Syphilis.