URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Locally and nationally, blood centers have only 2-3 day supply of type O red blood cells. Supplies of AB plasma and Convalescent Plasma are depleted. We are calling for all healthy members of the public to step up now and support care for patients. Blood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria will permit donations by many donors previously deferred. Questions about eligibility? Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

the basics

infographic with blood types A+, AB+, AB- and B+ and test tubes with 12.5-18.3 hemoglobin level

How Does the Procedure Work?

Blood is drawn from the donor's arm through sterile tubing into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood to separate the components. A port is opened in the centrifuge and plasma are drawn into a collection bag while the remaining blood components are returned to the donor's blood stream.

How Long Does it Take?

Depending on your weight and height, the  donation process will take approximately 30 minutes.

Donor Informed Consent

preferred blood types

  • A positive
  • B positive
  • AB positive and negative

Additional Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Have a hemoglobin of 12.5-18.3

Plasma Donation Frequency

While donors are eligible to donate more frequently with plasma apheresis donations, you don’t necessarily need to commit to giving this often. Our recruitment department is happy to work with you to find a donation frequency pattern that works best for you and fits what time you have to donate. 

  • Wait 7 days after a platelet donation to give whole blood.
  • Wait 7 days after a whole blood or plasma product donation to donate platelets.
  • Wait 28 days after a plasma product donation to donate whole blood or plasma.
  • Wait 112 days after a double red cell donation.

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

Blood Types Needed

Many variables can impact our blood inventories such as weather, holidays or tragic events.  Every day, patients who need blood are in crisis and you can help by volunteering to donate.  Less than 10% of the population gives blood, so donors that give on a regular basis are important to meet these needs. Schedule an appointment today!

  • O+

    2 days

    Critical Need

  • O-

    3 days

    Critical Need

  • A+

    5 days

  • A-

    5 days

  • B+

    5 days

  • B-

    5 days

  • AB+

    3 days

    Critical Need

  • AB-

    3 days

    Critical Need

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