Types of Donation

Whole Blood

Giving whole blood is the most common blood donation and is offered at all fixed-site locations and mobile blood drives. Whole blood donation means that all the blood components are collected at the same time. Later at the laboratory, the blood will be separated into components (red blood cells, platelets, plasma). Your donation could help save three lives.

  • Actual donation time: about 10 minutes.
  • Whole blood can be donated approximately every 56 days.

Dual Red Blood Cell

Dual red blood cell is an automated procedure meaning that only red blood cells are removed. Blood is passed through a cell separator which collects the red cells and returns the remaining components to you. Doctors count on concentrated red blood cells for surgeries. Over 60% of blood transfusions are red blood cells. Male donors must weigh at least 150 lbs and be 5'5" tall; females must weigh at least 130 lbs and be 5'1" tall.

  • Actual donation time: about 60 - 120 minutes.
  • Dual red cells can be donated approximately every 112 days.

Platelets

Platelet donation is an automated procedure where only platelets are withdrawn from the blood. Platelets are small blood cells that help control bleeding. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy often need regular transfusions of platelets. Donated platelets last only five days. Donors should not take aspirin or ibuprofen two days prior to donating.

  • Actual donation time: 90 - 120 minutes.
  • You may donate platelets every 7 days, with a maximum of 24 times a year.

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