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Donation Types

What type of Donation should I give?

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

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 

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:

  • Only the blood component (red cells, platelets, plasma) needed is removed.  The remaining components are returned to the donor.
  • Donors can donate more frequently, depending upon the blood component collected.
  • Some donors are eligible for a double donation which means they can donate two products at one time – saving more lives in a single donation.
  • Automated donation requires the least amount of processing once collected.  As a result, we can rapidly transfer your donation to patients in need.
  • Plasma, which contains vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, is returned (unless donating plasma) to the donor during the donation process, along with a small amount of fluid replacement.  This process leaves the donor more hydrated when compared to a whole blood donation.
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