Want to donate platelets?
400 billion platelets
Platelets are smallest cell particles in your blood. An adult will have 150‑400 billion platelets in every litre of blood. Among other things, platelets ensure that the blood clots when required. They have a very short shelf life.
Platelets – the key to life
Platelet transfusions have saved countless lives, for example patients with leukaemia or cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Chemotherapy treatment can cause platelet levels to fall so low that the patient may suffer spontaneous haemorrhaging. In such situations, supplying platelets will save their life.
Ready to give platelets? That's fantastic – you’ll be saving a lot of lives!
- Who? Complete our donor self-assessment test and find out immediately if you're eligible to donate platelets.
- How often can I give platelets? You can give platelets every 14 days. However, you must wait for 28 days after a blood donation before you can give plasma or platelets again (as opposed to 14 days).
- How long does it take? Platelet collection takes 60‑90 minutes.
- What happens when I give platelets? We've put together a step-by-step guide to what to expect when you give platelets.
- Where can I give platelets? As a special device is required to collect platelets, you can only donate at .special donor centres (link in Dutch).