Types of Donation

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When you give blood, different procedures may be recommended to most benefit patients.  Learn more about these different types of donations.

Automated Red Blood Cells

Helps: patients suffering blood loss due to trauma, surgery or anemia;

Donation time: approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
Donate as often as every 112 days.

Platelets

(may be in combination with Red Blood Cells and/or Plasma)
Helps: surgery, organ transplant and cancer patients as well as others with blood clotting disorders.

Donation time:  approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes

Donate platelets only as often as every 7 days. Donate platelets with red blood cells and/or plasma as often as every 56 days.

Preparation:  Stop taking products containing aspirin 48 hours prior to donation; 24 hours prior to donation, avoid foods high in LDL cholesterol, including fried and fatty foods, egg yolks, butter, whole milk, shellfish & many fast foods;  examples of these are hamburgers, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy and mayonnaise.  Instead, eat cereal, fruit, low fat yogurt, salads, grilled or baked chicken, vegetables (not fried), turkey, fish (not fried), roast beef or a sandwich with light dressing.

Plasma

Males with AB blood type only
Helps: burn, organ transplant and clotting disorder patients; Plasma acts as a carrier for red blood cells and nutrients to help restore health.

Donation time:  approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
Donate as often as every 28 days.

Whole Blood

Helps: anyone in need of life-saving blood due to injury or illness

Donation time: approximately one hour;
Donate as often as every 56 days.


Now, you are prepared to take it further through automated blood donation.  Feel free to ask our staff any questions you have during the process. 

Then, relax with the satisfaction of knowing you are making a life-saving difference for someone’s baby, best friend, dad or favorite aunt.  And, although you may never meet them, they are eternally grateful!

Schedule you life-saving donation, today!