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Types of Blood Donation

BCP offers many ways to support local patients through blood donations.

Whole Blood

    Blood Types Preferred: O-  A-  B-  AB-

    Donating whole blood is the traditional way of donating blood. During a whole blood donation about a pint of blood is drawn into a specialized sealed and sterile bag. Samples from every donation are sent to our laboratory for typing and testing. Using state-of-the-art technology, 11 different tests are conducted on the blood including hepatitis, West Nile virus and HIV. When the blood is cleared, it is separated in to three different blood components – red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Within just a few days, the donor’s blood is sent to local hospitals for transfusion.

Plasma

    Blood Type Preferred: AB

    What is Plasma?

    Plasma is the liquid part of blood which provides volume and includes important clotting factors and proteins. Blood type AB is the universal plasma type.

    Who Needs Plasma?

    Plasma is used to treat patients with bleeding disorders, burn victims, organ transplants and premature infants.

    Who Can Be an Plasma Donor?

    If you have been pregnant or received a blood transfusion, we ask you to donate double red cells or whole blood. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of a serious transfusion reaction in patients known as TRALI. Blood Centers of the Pacific

    If you have not been pregnant or received a tranfusion and meet the requirements for donating blood, you probably can give plasma. Plasma donors must not have taken aspirin or medication containing aspirin 48 hours prior to donating.

    Is it Safe?

    Absolutely! Like all blood donations, all the collection supplies are sterile and single-use and are discarded after each donation. Plasma collections use a smaller needle than a traditional blood donation. You’ll also receive replacement fluid during the donation which will help re-hydrate you.

    How Does a Plasma Donation Work?

    While you’re donating, a cell separator spins the blood and separates out some of the plasma. All your other blood components are immediately and safely returned to you.

    How Long Does it Take?

    Depending on your height and weight, the plasma donation will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. During the donation you will have access to an iPad and free wifi.

    Any Perks for Donating Plasma?

    Yes! You’ll earn 1,600 Hero Reward Points for your first donation AND 600 Hero Reward Points for each consecutive plasma donation.

    How Can I Become an Plasma Donor?

    Call our dedicated plasma team at 800-707-8483 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Platelets

    Blood Types Preferred: A+  O+  B+

    What are Platelets?

    Platelets are the component of blood that stops bleeding.

    Who Needs Platelets?

    Platelet donations are needed every day for trauma victims, transplant patients, those undergoing chemotherapy and many others. Because platelets only have a shelf life of 5 days, they are used immediately so we are always in great need.

    Who Can Be a Platelet Donor?

    If you meet the requirements for donating blood, you probably can give platelets. Depending on your platelet count, some platelet donors may donate as often as every two weeks. Platelet donors must not have taken aspirin or medication containing aspirin 48 hours prior to donating.

    Are Platelet Donations Safe?

    Absolutely! Like all blood donations, all the collection supplies are sterile and single-use and are discarded after each donation. Platelet collections use a smaller needle than traditional blood donations. You’ll also receive replacement fluid during the donation which will help re-hydrate you.

    How Does the Procedure Work?

    While you’re donating, a cell separator spins the blood and separates out some of your platelets. All your other blood components are immediately and safely returned to you.

    How Long Does it Take?

    Depending on your height and weight, platelet donations will take approximately two hours. During the donation you will have access to an iPad and free wifi.

    Any Perks for Donating Platelets?

    Yes! You’ll earn 1,600 Hero Reward Points for your first donation AND 600 Hero Reward Points for each consecutive platelet donation.

    How Can I Become an Platelet Donor?

    Call our dedicated platelet team at 800-707-8483 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Red Cells

    Save More Lives by Donating Red Cells!

    Red cell donations are needed every day for trauma victims, newborn babies and those with serious anemia. And there’s no substitute for it.

    How Does It Work?

    While you’re donating, a cell separator spins the blood and separates out some of your red cells. All your other blood components are immediately and safely returned to you.

    How Long Does it Take?

    Donating red cells takes about 30 minutes, however, donors save more lives with less visits!

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)
    • Men have to be at least 5’1” in height and 130 lbs in weight with a hematocrit of at least 40%
    • Women have to be at least 5’5”, 150 lbs with a hematocrit of 40%

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