Donors can give whole blood, automated red blood cells, platelets, or plasma. Donation needs constantly change. The right type of donation is dependent on many factors: blood type, gender weight, and current hospital needs. A knowledgeable staff member will assist you in selecting a donation that works best for you and the community.
Whole blood is collected and separated into three essential components: red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. A whole blood donation is a good choice for a donor who does not know his or her blood type.
Optimal Blood types needed – All blood types
Length between donations – 56 days
Donation process time – 1 hour
Automated Blood Collection optimizes each donor’s donation so we can better meet the needs of our community hospitals. During your donation, blood is drawn from one arm and channeled through a sterile, single-use tubing set to an automated system. The automated system separates the blood into its three components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma and collects the most needed components and then safely returns the remaining blood components back to the donor.
Benefits of Automated Donations:
|Automated Donation Type||Optimal Blood types needed||Length between donations||Donation process time|
|Automated Red Cells||O-, O+, B-, A-||Every 16 weeks||1 to 1.5 hours|
|Red Cell + Platelet||O-, O+, B-, A-, AB- Female||Every 8 weeks||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Red Cell + Double Platelet||O-, O+, B-, A-, AB- Female||Every 8 weeks||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Single Platelet||All blood types||Every 8 days||1 hour 20 min|
|Double Platelet||All blood types||Every 8 days||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Plasma + Platelet||AB+, AB-||Every 4 weeks||1.5 hours|
|Jumbo Plasma||AB+, AB-||Every 24 days||20 minutes|