When you donate blood, you are giving back to your community. Blood donated to The Blood Alliance stays in our community to benefit local patients in our area hospitals, which is not always the case with other blood collection agencies. In addition, population growth, medical advances and increasing blood safety measures are causing an increase in local demand that exceeds our donation rates.
Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission). During your donation appointment you will complete a brief health questionnaire to make sure blood donation is safe for you and the recipient of your blood. All donors are required to present a government issued ID when registering to donate blood. This includes a driver's license, state issued ID card, military ID, passport or school ID.
Your blood contains a mixture of several components, including red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells, and plasma. During a whole blood donation, donors typically donate a pint of the mixture. During automated donation/apheresis, the donor is connected to a machine that draws blood and separates it into components. Depending upon the type of donation, one or more components are kept while the rest are returned to the donor. Automated/apheresis donors can help more people in need by donating more frequently and by donating more during each donation.
Travel to most countries will not prevent you from donating blood. However, travel to some countries may make donors ineligible for varying periods of time. The criteria are subject to change, so please discuss your eligibility with the Blood Donor Center.
No. To donate, you must be symptom-free. If you feel well and have no fever, you may donate.
You may still be eligible to donate, depending on your condition. Donation is acceptable after routine teeth cleaning or dental work.
Most medications do not prevent you from donating blood. Common medications such as those used for blood pressure, birth control and over-the-counter medications do not affect eligibility. If you are taking antibiotics, you must have completed your course before donating. For information about other medications, contact the Blood Donor Center.
If you got your tattoo before April 1, 2013, you must wait 12 months.
Before donating, you should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids.