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Basics Of Blood Donation

This information will guide you on how to have the best blood donation experience possible and about the unexpected health benefits of donating blood.

What is blood?

cOMPONENTS OF BLOOD

Blood is made up of four main components. Red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. Each whole blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives 

can i donate?

DONOR'S ELIGIBILITY CHECK

Potential blood donors ask questions about their ability to donate blood due to health conditions or some other reasons. Find out if you are eligible to save lives through blood donation.

journey of blood

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BLOOD YOU DONATE

Learn about the blood donation process and the journey the blood you donate travels from collection point to distribution, which includes how potential donors are screened and how the blood is processed, tested and stored, before given to the patients that needs them.

Numbers & Facts

DO YOU KNOW?

Blood and blood donation is powerful. Learn some of the interesting facts and amazing figures that you may not have known about blood and blood donation.

Donation Methods

There’s more than one method of donating blood to save lives. Your blood type helps determine the best method for you to donate your powerful lifesaving gift.

Whole Blood Donation

Whole blood donation is what most people are familiar with. This is the traditional way of donating and allows us to draw a pint of blood containing red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma at one time.

Double Red Cell Donation

When donating double red blood cells we only collect your red blood cells and not your platelets or plasma. This type of donation is done using a process called automation (sometimes referred to as apheresis).

Platelets Donation

Platelets hold a unique power to save lives. Cancer patients are a primary recipient of platelets due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy. It is done using a process called automation (sometimes known as apheresis).

Plasma Donation

Plasma has the clotting factors that stop patients from bleeding. Trauma patients, burn patients and transplant patients are often recipients of plasma. It is collected through a process called automation (apheresis).

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