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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. Reactions to citrate occur most frequently; you can reduce the risk and intensity of citrate reactions by taking the chewable calcium supplements we offer all plasma and platelet donors.

See the table of adverse events from platelet donations compared to total for 2016- 2017.

  Total donations Donations with events Frequency Rate/10,000 donations
Faints and pre-faints 37,426 532 1:70 142
Needle-related injury 37,426 294 1:127 79
  37,426 1,898 1:20 69
  37,426 2,760 1:14 737

Very rarely there are complications related to donation that result in referrals to hospital or a GP. Refer to the table of external medical referrals for 2016-2017.

  Number of hospital referrals Incidence of hospital referrals  Rate/10,000 donations Number of GP referrals Incidence of GP referrals Rate/10,000 donations)
Whole blood 579 0.08% 8 652 0.09% 9
Plasmapheresis 238 0.04% 4 324 0.06% 6
Plateletpheresis 450 0.03% 2 25 0.07% 7
Total 826 0.06% 6 1001 0.08% 8

For more information or to speak with one of our medical specialists, please call 13 14 95.

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