Preparing to Donate

What to know before a platelet donation

If you’re planning to donate platelets, we’re excited to have you.

Before your donation appointment, make sure your diet is rich in calcium and iron. Avoid any medications that could affect the way platelets work (but talk to your health care provider before stopping any medication).

If you’re unsure about your eligibility, please review our eligibility and donor self-screening information.

In the meantime, watch the video below to see a firsthand example of what it’s like to donate plasma at The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center.