Apheresis - LifeSource



Apheresis is a donation process in which whole blood is withdrawn, a desired component separated and retained, and the remainder of the blood returned to the donor. We are able to collect more of the specific component through apheresis than we could separate from a unit of whole blood. That is, when you donate platelets, you are donating more platelets than we could get from a unit of your whole blood.

The three most common types of apheresis donations are double red blood cells, platelets and plasma.