Human blood is made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Sometimes, to treat an illness, one of those components may need to be removed or replaced through a process called apheresis. Apheresis uses a centrifuge that separates blood into its components by density.
At Yale Medicine’s Transfusion Medicine Service, a team of experts works with more than 1,000 patients a year to provide safe and comfortable treatment. Yale Medicine has the most up-to-date apheresis equipment, and our site often participates in clinical trials to explore new therapeutic apheresis applications.