This page of the web site is dedicated to explaining automated collection. We currently use automation at our fixed sites, and some mobile units. This month's spotlight is on Alyx.
The Alyx system collects 2 units of Red Cells from a Donor and returns the Plasma. Essentially it becomes a zero loss of volume system. Some Additional Details follow:
Unlike a traditional whole blood donation, Automated Red Cell Collection allows the donor to safely give two units of red blood cells, instead of just one. The process separates blood into its components while it is being drawn. Because only red blood cells are being collected, enough can be collected for two red cell transfusions. The remaining components are returned to the donor.
The Two Most Frequently ask Question about ALYX?
Question: How long does it take?
A typical donation on the ALYX System takes just 20– 25 minutes on average, about 10 minutes longer on average than a traditional whole blood collection.
Question: Are donations on the ALYX System Safe?
Yes, clinical studies show that the donation of two units of red cells on the ALYX System is safe. In addition, the FDA has approved automated collections of two units of red cells.
Criteria For Donating on the ALYX System:
To make an ALYX Red Cell Donation, men must weigh a minimum of 130 pounds and be at least 5 ft 1inch. Women must weigh a minimum of 150 pounds and be at least 5 ft 5 inches.
Alyx At Work:
Do you have Questions about Plasma & Platelet Donation?
The document below (a PDF file) should help you to determine if donating Plasma or Platelets is a good option for you.
Click here to view the Plasma and Platelet Brochure