infographic showing the basics of donating blood

Double red cell donation is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma, platelets and white cells to you.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

A double red donation takes approximately 15 minutes longer than a whole blood donation. 

Donor Informed Consent

Preferred blood types

  • A negative

  • O positive and negative

  • B negative
     

additional eligibility requirements

In addition to the standard donor eligibility requirements, platelet donors have additional medication considerations:

FEMALES

MALES

  • at least 5ft, 5in tall

  • weight at least 150lbs

  • at least 5ft, 1in tall

  • weight at least 130lbs

additional red cell apheresis procedures

For donors that would like to give more often and enjoy the apheresis donation experience, we also have  procedures that allow us to collect a single red cells along with platelets and plasma products.  This may be important if we have a patient need for other types of products from specific blood types. The Donor Center or Mobile Blood Drive staff can assist donors in determining the right type of procedure at the right time and location. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 800-747-5401 or email apheresis@mvrbc.org.

Blood Inventory

Many variables can impact our inventory such as weather, holidays or tragic events. Below is an overview of our inventory levels across all blood types. Schedule an appointment today!

  • O+

    9 days

  • O-

    0 days

    Critical Need

  • A+

    14 days

  • A-

    9 days

  • B+

    8 days

  • B-

    0 days

    Critical Need

  • AB+

    7 days

  • AB-

    7 days

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