Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The American Red Cross is out for blood, looking for donors to fill a need.
The organization said the Central Plains platelet supply is at dangerously low levels.
"Platelets are the fragile cells that control bleeding and can be used for cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy," said Terri Dunaway, Central Plains CEO. "They have a shelf life of just five days, so they must constantly be replenished."
Donors can give platelets through a process called apheresis. The donation process takes about two and a half hours. Current whole blood donors can give platelets in between whole blood donations, up to 12 times a year.
People with all blood types are needed for platelet donation, especially people who are A positive, A negative, AB positive and AB negative.
If you would like to learn more about giving platelets or schedule an appointment, call 268-0875 or toll free: 1-866-206-0694.
The Wichita Blood Platelet Center, located at 707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan., is open:
Monday & Friday - 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.