We are encouraging blood donations now and in the next 8 weeks to ensure adequate supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  We are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.

Blood donation is permitted under the Stay at Home directive in the State of Illinois.
Click here for more information from the Department of Homeland Security.

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 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+

    15 days

  • O-

    8 days

  • A+

    15 days

  • A-

    15 days

  • B+

    15 days

  • B-

    15 days

  • AB+

    2 days

    Critical Need

  • AB-

    3 days

    Critical Need

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