Types of Donations
Whole Blood Donation
This standard type of donation consists of a donor giving one pint of blood. After the donation, the blood is separated into three different components: red blood cells, plasma and platelets. The actual donation takes 5-10 minutes, extending the overall donation process to 45 minutes. Eligible whole blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 120 pounds and be in general good health. Male donors and female donors 23 years of age and over can donate whole blood every 56 days, up to six times per year. Female donors 16 – 22 years of age can donate every 180 days, up to twice a year.
Double Red Cell Donation
This automated procedure collects only the red blood cell portion of blood and returns the remaining components to the donor. Double red cell technology allows LifeServe Blood Center to collect twice as many red blood cells as a whole blood collection and gives LifeServe Blood Center the ability to collect specific blood types to meet the patient’s needs. Donating double red cells typically takes about 15-20 minutes longer than a whole blood donation. Eligible male double red cell donors must be at least 16 years or older (with parental/guardian consent), 5’1″ tall and weigh at least 130 pounds. Eligible female double red cell donors must be 23 years or older, at least 5’5″ tall, and weigh at least 150 pounds. Eligible double red cell donors can donate every 112 days, up to three times per year.
A platelet donation is a procedure where only the platelet and/or white blood cells are collected via a cell separating machine. The remaining blood components (red blood cells and plasma) are returned to the donor during the donation. Platelet donations are used primarily in cancer and leukemia patients, as well as transplant recipients, burn patients and patients suffering from bleeding disorders. Donating platelets typically takes two hours. Male platelet donors must be 16/17 (with a signed parental/guardian consent form) or older and females must be 18 or older. Eligible platelet donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in general good health.
Platelet donors can donate every two weeks, up to 24 times per year.
This an automated donation that allows donors to give more than double the number of plasma cells normally collected during a whole blood donation. This automated donation collects only the plasma and returns the remaining blood components to the donor. The actual donation takes 40 minutes extending the overall donation process to just over an hour. Eligible plasma donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in general good health. Male plasma donors must be 16/17 (with a signed parental/guardian consent form) or older and females must be 18 or older. Plasma donors can donate every 28 days.
Tips for Donation!
If you’re nervous about donating blood, make sure to let our team of professionals know. Since we’re at blood drives all day every day, we have quite a few tips and tricks to make sure your donation goes as smoothly as possible!
Applied Muscle Tension
Distraction is key to preventing panic during the blood donation process. Applied Muscle Tension is a great exercise that keeps your mind on something else. Just before the needle is inserted, begin tightening and relaxing your main muscle groups. Tense your stomach, butt, thighs, calves, feet, and toes one group at at time for five seconds before moving on to the next area. Repeat during the duration of your donation!
If you’re more of a fidgeter, feel free to do leg lifts! Raise one leg about a foot above the donor bed, count to five, then replace your leg and raise the other.
Take a Selfie!
We love seeing #LifeServer selfies! Feel free to snap pictures while you’re in the donor bed. Our team members can also act as photographers, if you’d like a non-selfie! We can also provide phlebotomists or your bag of blood for your Insta-worthy snap.
Scroll Through Social
Phones are marvelous things! Feel free to scroll through Facebook, check email, or message your bae during your donation. Don’t worry – we aren’t offended! As long as you’re able to squeeze the stress ball when we ask, we have no problem with you being on your phone.
Old Fashioned Conversation
We love chatting with donors! Let us know how your day is going, what you have going on the rest of the day, your favorite movie, or anything! Our blood drive team is out and about in communities because we love connecting with folks!