Why Give Life Saving Platelets? - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Why Give Life Saving Platelets?

Over 20,000 platelet transfusions are needed every year in Ireland, and this number is continuing to rise.  Most of these platelets go to patients with serious medical conditions such as cancer or leukaemia, especially those receiving chemotherapy or after a bone marrow transplant. 

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Who needs platelets?

Platelets are needed every day for the treatment of sick patients.  So there is an ever-increasing need for people who are willing to become platelet donors.

Platelets may also be needed by:

  • patients undergoing major surgery
  • burns patients
  • accident victims who have had extensive injury
  • new born babies who are born with low platelet counts