Whole Blood

The Most Common Donation Type

Whole blood donation is our most common type of donation. In this process, a donor will donate three blood components – red blood cells, platelets and plasma – in a single sitting.

Sounds complicated? Nope, not at all! The entire donation process usually takes about an hour, and the physical blood donation takes about 15 minutes. Trust us, you’ll be relaxing and eating cookies in no time!

Who receives a whole blood donation?

Whole blood is usually given to individuals undergoing surgery or trauma patients.

How long does it take to give blood?

For most people, the entire process takes about one hour, with the actual blood collecting taking around 15 minutes.

Is giving blood safe?

Yes. All materials are sterile and used only once. We follow FDA standards and protocols. Safety is a top priority in all we do.

Does it hurt?

You may feel a slight sting in the beginning, but that should only last a few seconds. Donors should feel no discomfort during the donation process.

How much blood do I give during a donation?

Most blood donations equal about one pint. The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in their body.

What happens to my blood after I donate?

After donating, blood is processed in our state-of-the-art laboratory. It is then available for use within 24-48 hours after the donation.

What is a double-red donation?

In a double-red donation, an individual will essentially make two donations in a single appointment, and then doesn’t need to make a donation appointment for 16 weeks rather than the standard eight weeks. By adding just a little extra time to your donation, you can make a more immediate impact on more patients in need. To learn more, call (800) 280-4102.

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