[KSTP-TV March, 19, 2020] At Abbott Northwestern blood bank, the work never stops, especially during a public health emergency.
Red blood cells donated a couple of weeks ago are still being used. Typically, red blood cells last three to six weeks in storage. But platelets only last a few days.
“They are necessary to sustain cancer patients who can’t make their own platelets, also necessary for mothers who bleed after delivery or during, and also necessary for trauma patients,” said Dr. Lauren Anthony, System Lab Medical Director for Allina Health.