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Platelets for hockey playoffs

OW Staff | 4/15/2012, 5 p.m.

A five-day platelets drive got under way at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Monday, April 16, with donors entered into drawings for Los Angeles Kings playoff tickets and the opportunity to have lunch with goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Appointments are required to donate platelets and can be made by calling (323) 361-2441 or emailing blooddonorcenter@chla.usc.edu. Appointments are available at 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. throughout the drive, along with 4 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Friday, the last day of the drive. Donating takes two hours.

The requirements for donating platelets are the same as for donating blood. People who have taken aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs in the previous 48 hours are not allowed to donate.

Platelets are the cells in blood that help to form clotting and avoid excessive bleeding. Patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment and those who have had a bone marrow transplant have especially low platelet counts and can easily lose blood. Platelet donations are in high demand for children undergoing these treatments.

Additional information about what has been dubbed as "Platelets for Playoffs" is available on the playoff portion of the Kings' website, lakings.com/playoffs, or the hospital's website, chla.org.

Quick will have lunch with 15 donors and their guests at the Toyota.