Shortage of Platelet Concentrates: HUG Calls for Donors to Get in Touch.
Each summer, the university hospitals of Geneva (HUG) face a drop in the number of blood and above all platelet donors because of the holidays. Despite all efforts by the Blood Transfusion Center to raise awareness, the situation is extremely stretched in meeting the needs of all patients in the canton of Geneva and beyond. In the last few days, they have faced an acute demand for platelet concentrates because of several exceptional patient situations which needed major transfusions.
That is why HUG is launching a campaign, on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018, appealing to people who have already made at least one blood donation to get in touch. Compared with donating blood, donating platelets does take longer (1½ – 2 hours). It takes 24 hours to produce platelet concentrates, and their shelf-life is just 7 days. It is not therefore possible to build up stocks and it is important to have regular platelet donors all year round.
How can you donate platelets?
If you are already a blood donor, you can make an appointment by phone from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, by calling 022 372 39 02. Please note: platelet donation is contraindicated if you have had dental treatment, including descaling, in the 72 hours preceding donation, if you have had a temperature (higher than 38°C over the last four weeks) or if you have taken certain medicine (aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, etc.).