Double-Red Cells

Red cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are needed for hospital patients who may have experienced a loss of blood due to surgery or a car accident, or a patient suffering from anemia.

Though a whole-blood donation can be used to treat these patients, typically only the red cells are needed. Eligible donors are encouraged to give a double-red cell (or “Power Red”) donation.

What Is A Power Red Donation?

A Power Red donation is 2 units of collected red blood cells as opposed to a single unit taken during a whole-blood donation.

A Power Red Donation Is The Ideal Donation For:
  • O Positive
  • O Negative
  • B Negative

Power Red Donation FAQs

How Long Does It Take?

A Power Red takes about 1.5 hours to complete from registration to canteen.

How Often Can I Donate A Power Red?

You can donate a Power Red every 16 weeks, or 4 months.

Why Donate A Power Red?

Donating double red cells has the greatest impact on the community around you and the patients who need you. While one donation can save up to three lives, oftentimes a single patient will need many donations to survive.

Donor Benefits

SAVE TIME: A Power Red donation can only be given 3 times per year. If you have a busy schedule and don’t have many days available to donate, this option is perfect for you.

SAVE MORE LIVES: A Power Red donation means you are giving twice the amount of red cells and can save twice the number of lives.

FEEL BETTER: Because the apheresis process returns a saline solution to your body, you finish the donation more hydrated than you started!


To be eligible for a Power Red donation, you must meet the requirements for a whole-blood donation and satisfy the following to ensure the process is safe for you:

On A Mobile Blood Drive:


At A Donor Center: Total blood volume and hematocrit are the added factors; your donor specialist will be able to tell you whether you qualify.