Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blood and Platelet donors needed.

Bill Balser is a long-time Dunwoody resident and a former DHA president. His wife, Rona, is in need of platelets for leukemia. If you're able to give, please consider the platelet information here from another Dunwoody resident and former DHA president Bob Lundsten.

To those of you in Atlanta who might want to give blood or platelets in her name, contact:

Northside Hospital - 5670 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road -Suite 1075 - Atlanta, GA 30342 (404-459-8744)

What’s the difference between whole blood and platelet donation?

Whole Blood
30 - 45 minutes to donate
Okay to donate if you have taken aspirin
Donate every 8 weeks
Takes 8 donations to equal 1 platelet dose

Up to 2 hours to donate
No aspirin within 48 hours of donating
Donate every 8 days
1 donation can equal up to 3 platelet doses!

In order to donate platelets you must meet several general requirements:

  • Must have a valid picture ID
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 69
  • Good general physical health
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Have eaten within the past 4 hours
  • No aspirin within the past 48 hours
  • No tattoos within the past 1 year
  • Must not be pregnant
  • No cold or flu symptoms

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