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Donors a vital source of blood platelet supply

...Mr. Fort gives blood platelets as an apheresis donor, a little-known but vital link...for about 10 minutes. By comparison, apheresis donation is a tougher, more time-consuming...said Sue Ellen Malone, manager of apheresis recruitment for the Greater Chesapeake...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/03/02/tec_282322.shtml
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Hospitals can use quarantined blood if they filter out particles

...more blood banks have begun using automated systems that let donors give just platelets or just red cells, a process called apheresis. With more platelet-only donors, blood banks haven't needed to cull platelets from as many whole-blood donations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/02/28/tec_377169.shtml
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