Clinical Center News
Summer 2019

Platelets for our brave patients – contribute to the miracle by donating

A pediatric patient with her mother and members of the NIH Blood Bank
During her treatment at the NIH Clinical Center, Sophia (center) received 66 platelet donations, which are small cells that help the blood clot – 52 of which were pathogen-reduced to best prevent any possibility of infection in the recipient. And, she was given 20 units of regular blood donations, roughly equivalent to 20 pints.

The NIH Blood Bank and Donor Center at Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD is in need of local members of the community to donate a special type of blood donation called platelet donation.

There is currently a large need for platelet donors to support our NIH Clinical Center patients. The Clinical Center is the largest research hospital in America, located in Bethesda, MD. Patients are often turning to the hospital, nicknamed the House of Hope, when they've exhausted all that modern medicine can offer. Read how blood donors helped a little girl from Chicago.

Please consider coming to two of our convenient locations to donate platelets:

The NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane, 5625 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852:
Monday – Friday
7:15 am – 5:45 pm
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

The NIH Blood Bank on the Main NIH Campus – Department of Transfusion Medicine, 1st floor of the Clinical Center, Bldg. 10:
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please call for an appointment at 301-496-4321 or email us at

If you have not donated platelets before and are not sure if you are eligible, please check our website to learn more about platelet donation.

- Submitted by the NIH Blood Bank and Donor Center

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