Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Most people who give blood donate what we call "whole blood," meaning all of the components of blood are collected in a single bag to be separated in our component production lab. (The components of blood are Red Blood Cells, Platelets, Plasma and White Blood Cells.)
In addition to whole blood donation, there are ways to donate specific components, such as platelets or a double unit of red cells. In contrast to whole blood donation, this type of donation allows the donor to give only the desired component and have the remaining blood components return to their body during the donation process. This happens through a process called apheresis (see picture below), a Greek word meaning "a taking away." (Because the process of separating the components is handled by a small machine at the side of the donor, this type of donation is also referred as "automation.")
Use the links below to learn about the different types of blood donation and eligibility requirements.