It’s a simple thing to do that takes less than an hour. Just think, potentially saving the life of up to 3 people takes less time than it takes to watch a television show.
 
There are 4 easy steps to blood donation.
 
Registration: Photo ID must be presented prior to donation to identify you at every donation.
 
Interview: to determine if you are all right to donate we will ask questions about health, travel and medicines.
 
Mini-physical: Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Take a small blood sample to make sure you are not anemic
 
Phlebotomy: Blood donation takes 5-15 minutes.

 

Platelet Pheresis Collection - Procedure Information: 

  • Whole blood is removed via one sterile needle inserted into your arm and is mixed with an anticoagulant solution to prevent clotting 
  • The whole blood is then separated by centrifugation or spinning in a sterile disposable unit  
  • The platelets are retained and the remaining red blood cells and plasma are returned to you. As a small amount of anticoagulant remains mixed with the return, it is at this time that you may feel the transient effects of the anticoagulant (e.g. feeling cold, tingling around the mouth and face). A small amount of saline (salt water) is also given to you to minimize the effects of fluid loss.
  • The above procedure will be repeated to get the amount of platelets needed for a patient transfusion. The procedure will take approximately 1 to 2 hours


Double Red Cell Pheresis Collection – Procedure Information:

  • Whole blood is removed via one sterile needle inserted into your arm and is mixed with an anticoagulant solution to prevent clotting
  • The whole blood is then separated by centrifugation or spinning in a sterile disposable unit
  • The red blood cells are retained and the remaining platelets and plasma are returned to you. As a small amount of anticoagulant remains mixed with the return, it is at this time that you may feel the transient effects of the anticoagulant (e.g. feeling cold, tingling around the mouth and face). A small amount of saline (salt water) is also given to you to minimize the effects of fluid loss.
  • The above procedure will be repeated 4 times in order to collect 2 units of red blood cells for patient transfusion. The procedure will take approximately 35 to 40 minutes.