2017-01-19 / Neighbors

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According to the American Red Cross, after a person has donated blood, his or her red cells need about four to six weeks before they are completely replaced. That is why organizations like the Red Cross require donors wait at least eight weeks between donations. That is not to be confused with apheresis, a process by which platelets and other blood components, such as red cells and plasma, are collected from a donor. During apheresis, a cell separator is used to collect platelets or other components from blood that is drawn from the donor. The remaining components are then returned to the donor during the donation process. As many as 24 apheresis donations can be made in a single year, though the apheresis donation process, which can last as long as two hours, takes longer than a typical blood donation.

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