1601 Ailor Avenue
Mon – Fri 8am – 6:30pm
Sat 8am – 11:30am
Sun 1pm – 4:30pm
11000 Kingston Pike, Suite 9
behind PPG Paints next to Jiffy Lube
Mon, Tues, Thurs 7:30am – 7pm
Wed & Fri 6:30am – 6pm
79 South Main Street
Crossville, TN 38555
Mon, Tues, Thurs 12pm-6pm
Wed & Fri 8am-4pm
Want to donate platelets? Make an appointment now.
After the screening session is complete, the actual donation process takes less than 15 minutes. The donor arm is sanitized thoroughly and the needle feels like a small pinch. The process is very similar to what you would experience if your blood is being tested at your doctor’s office.
To thank you for your donation, all blood donors can choose between a MEDIC t-shirt or other promotional item (when available).
All donors are asked to wait for 15 minutes following their donation and enjoy some refreshments before returning to their daily activities.
Drop for drop, donors are giving the same amout of blood; however, instead of some of that blood being made of platelets and plasma, all of the donation is made of red blood cells. More than 70% of all transfusions are red blood cells. Trauma victims and patients undergoing surgery are the most common users of red blood cells.
Not everyone can make a double red cell donation. All donors must have good, stable veins. Women must be at least 5′5″ and weigh at least 150 pounds. Men must be at least 5′1″ tall and weigh at least 130 pounds.
This type of donations is great for donors on a busy schedule. Double red cells can be given every 112 days allowing donors to make the same lifesaving impact while making half as many trips. Double red cells can be given at our Downtown or Farragut Donor Centers or on any of MEDIC’s mobile buses.
A single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose for a patient in need. In fact, some platelet donations yield enough platelets for two or three therapeutic doses. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant and have weakened immune systems.
Because platelets only last five days, there is a constant need for a steady donor base. The process takes about two hours depending on a donor’s height and weight. Donors can give platelets 24 times a year. Platelets can be given at our Downtown or Farragut Donor Centers.