The most common type of donation is a whole-blood donation. During a whole-blood donation all parts of the blood are collected simultaneously, or as a whole, from your arm vein and transferred into a bag specially designed to store blood.
A Whole Blood Donation is the ideal donation:
If the ideal donation/technology is not available.
How long does it take?
A whole-blood donation takes about 1 hour to complete from registration to canteen. This time can vary based on the donor.
How often can I donate Whole Blood?
You can donate whole blood every 8 weeks, or 56 days.
Why Donate Whole Blood?
Giving a whole-blood donation is an easy, convenient way to make a lifesaving difference in your community. In an hour’s time, you could give someone a lifetime!
In that short amount of time, your single, whole-blood donation can assist multiple patients in our community.
Feel good factor: You can leave knowing that you just helped save at least one person’s life!
All volunteer whole-blood donors must:
- Be at least 15 years old
- Weigh at least 115 pounds and
- Be in general good health.
All 15- and 16-year-olds require parental consent prior to donating.