Date of Publication

Winter 1-25-2019


Donating blood is a noble act with real potential to save lives. Although millions of Americans donate blood each year, supplies of one blood component—platelets—is in chronically short supply. This is in part due to its significantly shorter shelf life (5-7d) vs. red blood cells (28-42d) or plasma cells (1yr). Platelet apheresis donation offers the opportunity to donate platelets more frequently and in higher quantities but accounts for only a small percentage of all donations. Our study aimed to better characterize perceived barriers in conversion to platelet apheresis donation.


Mark Fung

UVM Larner College of Medicine

Jenny Lamping

American Red Cross


American Red Cross


Blood Disorders and Blood Safety

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Converting Whole Blood Donors to Apheresis Donors