# How many platelets in a donation?

September 23, 2023 6:25 PM Subscribe

How many platelets are there in a typical donation? Can they be counted, or is it just a volume measurement like 300mL?

I donated platelets on Friday. Yay, me!

The machine had a number on its display that counted up steadily, like "10.3 x 10^something." (The guy across the way was counting up to like 7.9. I crushed him!)

Was that number a count of platelet cells?

I donated platelets on Friday. Yay, me!

The machine had a number on its display that counted up steadily, like "10.3 x 10^something." (The guy across the way was counting up to like 7.9. I crushed him!)

Was that number a count of platelet cells?

US FDA platelet donation regulations, with frequency of donation

posted by Iris Gambol at 3:09 PM on September 24, 2023

posted by Iris Gambol at 3:09 PM on September 24, 2023

Response by poster: Thanks, IrisG! That page says, in part:

(I'm just imagining counting them out like glass beads on a mandala board, and it taking

posted by wenestvedt at 6:03 AM on September 25, 2023 [1 favorite]

Sec. 640.24 Processing.So assuming that I gave a double product, that would be 106,000,000,000 platelets by the time I finished.

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(c) The time and speed of centrifugation must have been demonstrated to produce an unclumped product, without visible hemolysis, that yields a count ofnot less than 5.5 * 10^10 platelets per unitin at least 75 percent of the units tested.

(I'm just imagining counting them out like glass beads on a mandala board, and it taking

*forever*....)posted by wenestvedt at 6:03 AM on September 25, 2023 [1 favorite]

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^{11}] / litre. For platelet donation, they hook you up to a centrifuge which preferentially spins out platelets, the smallest solid components, returning the rest to the donor. A typical donation is 2x 'units' of platelets, which I gather is the amount which would normally be present in 1 litre = 6x10^{11}platelets; you and the other bloke have given above and beyond, so hats off!! They'll welcome you back for more in 28 days.posted by BobTheScientist at 12:28 AM on September 24, 2023 [1 favorite]