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More information about reactions from platelet donations

Vasovagal reactions and bruising/haematoma are the most frequent complications associated with blood donation. Platelet donations are associated with the highest frequency of adverse reactions. See table of adverse events from platelet donations compared to total for 2014-2015.

  TOtal donations Donations with events Frequency Rate/10,000 donAtions
Plateletpheresis 40,402 2,549 1:16 631
Total 1,297,355 35,662 1:36 275

Very rarely there are serious complications related to platelet donation that result in referrals to hospital or a GP. See table of external medical referrals from plasma donations compared to total for 2014-2015.

  hospital referrals Hopital referrals (% of collections) GP referrals GP referrals (% of collections)
Plateletpheresis 21 0.05 28 0.07
Total 450 0.03 986 0.08

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