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German Red Cross
Blood Donor Service North-East

Blood-Donations

Safety and quality of blood products

The issue of safety plays a very central role in the work of the GRC Blood Donor Service North-East. We are aware of the great responsibility that we have to our donors and patients and have therefore developed a concept that guarantees a very high level of safety. It should be noted that we are always on the cutting edge of medical science, because innovation is the future.

Whole blood donation

It is the most used form of donation. Because it can be carried out quickly and without major equipment, blood donation campaigns are not only possible in the institutes of the Blood Donation Service, but also at so-called "external events", i.e. in schools and other public buildings. Of course, the extensive safety and hygiene regulations must also be respected there at all times. Well-equipped and experienced teams are ready for these events. The GRC Blood Donor Service North-East carries out about 25 mobile donation events daily.

Plasmapheresis

This is where only plasma is collected from the donor. A plasmapheresis machine withdraws blood and immediately separates the plasma. All other blood components are returned to the donor. Plasma donations are currently only possible at the Institutes of the GRC Blood Donor Service North-East in Chemnitz, Dresden, Plauen, Potsdam, Cottbus, Schleswig and the Department of Zwickau. The donation takes about 40 minutes. Therefore an appointment is necessary.
The blood plasma is either for the manufacture of plasma products, or required for immediate therapeutic use.
The medical requirements for donation are more extensive than for whole blood donation. Not all donors are therefore also suitable for plasmapheresis.

Cell apheresis

Patients with certain blood clotting disorders are in need of thrombocytes (platelets). These preparations are acquired in a special procedure using cell separators. Blood is collected from the thrombocyte donors, the blood platelets are filtered out and all the other blood components are fed directly back into the bloodstream. The process takes about two hours.

Elaborate test are necessary to determine the suitability of those wishing to donate to the cell aphaeresis. Since the thrombocyte concentrates can only be stored for a short period, this form of blood donation is carried out according to current hospital requirements. Donors are therefore usually selected among the ranks of the plasma donors.
Cell apheresis - as with the plasma donations - can only be carried out in the institutes. The complex technology and safety regulations prohibit the use in external facilities.