Ficoll separation of whole blood against plasma

  • The best known form of blood donation is whole blood donation.
  • But other types of donation are also urgently needed in Germany.
  • A distinction is made between whole blood, plasma, erythrocyte and thrombocyte donation - and stem cell donation.
Almost half of Germans have donated blood at some point. The 18 to 25 age group is particularly active. But not all blood donations are the same. There are different types: whole blood, plasma, erythrocyte and platelet donation. Stem cell donation occupies a special position. © RND

Almost half of Germans have donated blood at some point. The 18 to 25 age group is particularly active. But not all blood donations are the same. There are different types: whole blood, plasma, erythrocyte and platelet donation. Stem cell donation occupies a special position. An overview:

The whole blood donation

Whole blood donation is probably the best-known form of blood donation. Around 500 milliliters of whole blood are taken from the crook of the arm of voluntary donors. Whole blood is characterized by the fact that it still contains all components such as cells and proteins.

Blood, plasma, stem cells - what can I donate?