When you give blood, you save lives and improve the health of your community. But it’s not just about what you give, where you give also makes a difference. Miller-Keystone Blood Center serves 35 local hospitals in our region. That means your blood can save the lives of family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others in the area that may need your help. On an annual basis, Miller-Keystone Blood Center needs over 100,000 units of blood to help save patients in our local hospitals – that’s 350 donors every day.
Heart surgery patients
At least 3-8 units of Red Cells, 1-10 units of Platelets and 2-5 units of Plasma
At least 1-4 units of Red Cells
Bone marrow transplant patients
At least 15-20 units of Red Cells and 100-120 units of platelets
5-100 units of Red Cells
Organ transplant patients
At least 10-30 units of Red Cells,10-30 units of Platelets, and 20 bags of Cryoprecipitate
At least 20 units of Platelets
Sickle cell patients
At least 10-20 units of Red Cells
At least 3-10 units of Red Cells and 10-30 unitsof Platelets
Donation time varies from 45 minutes to two hours based on type. After you donate blood, please continue to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid exercise, smoking, and alcohol for 24 hours. Remember to enjoy the feeling of knowing that your gift is saving lives, right here in our community. Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment.
Register online, over the phone, or at our reception. Bring valid ID like a driver’s license or MKBC Donor ID upon arrival.
Answer a medical history questionnaire at home using iScreen®, or at the blood drive/donation center.
A trained medical screener will check your blood pressure, temperature, and iron level.
You will now undergo the physical collection of blood.
You will be served refreshments and asked to relax in our canteen area.
*Whole Blood only
Donating blood is safer today than it has ever been before. Miller-Keystone Blood Center follows 5 layers of safety procedures:
Miller-Keystone works with government and regulatory agencies to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply by implementing up to date donor screening requirements, utilizing the latest infectious disease tests, adhering to good manufacturing practices, and the ability to track blood products from collection to distribution.
Regular blood donations from healthy individuals ensure a reliable blood supply for emergencies. Giving blood is a precious gift, directly saving lives. Your donation is a powerful contribution to the well-being of others.