RightTypeChart.pngWhatever type of donation you choose, you save lives. Based on your blood type, personal characteristics and, often, where the need is greatest, you can ensure you make the most of your valuable gift of blood. While a whole blood donation can be made every 56 days, you can also donate just one part of your blood- red blood cells or platelets- and provide even more of the life-saving gifts patients need.
 
Whole Blood Donation
Who needs it?
The very young, from the tiniest of preemies in a hospital’s neonatal unit, to elderly patients suffering from a blood disorder, all need whole blood.
 
Why give it?
A whole blood donation can be made every 56 days, and with each donation you are potentially saving the lives to up to 3 patients.
 
What types are needed?
All types!
 
Platelet Donation
Who needs it?
Platelets are needed by leukemia and cancer patients, those undergoing cardiac surgery, burn victims and people with bleeding disorders. Approximately 12 million units of platelets are transfused in the United States each year.
 
Why give it?
Platelets have a very short life span and can only be stored for five days after donation. The platelets you donate are usually replaced within approximately 24 hours. Consequently, you can donate every two weeks. Platelet donation takes approximately two hours.
 
What types are needed?
A+, B+, AB+
 
Double Red Cell Donation
Who needs it?
Red blood cells are the most needed blood component. 14 million units are transfused every year in the US. They are often the difference between life and death for trauma victims and those undergoing surgery. People with anemia, low hematocrit levels due to Cancer or kidney diseases, and sickle cell disease also need red blood cells.
 
Why give it?
More lives will be saved because two units can be safety collected at one donation. A double red cell donation typically takes 60 minutes, and can be done every 112 days. Three annul donations will provide the same number of life-saving red cell transfusions as six visits.
 
What types are needed?
O+, O-, A-, B-