School supplies. Blood supply. If only they could be handled the same way.
Each August, stores bulge with back-to-school articles. For students, having all new items – crayons, pencils, notebooks, binders – fills them with a sense of excitement about starting the new year. School districts know that the best, if not the only, time to collect is at the start of the school year. Then they draw from these supplies for the next 10 months.
But blood components can’t be collected just once a year. Blood is a living substance which loses its viability after time. Blood centers must collect components every day. In particular demand is the component called platelets.