Blood Donation Guidelines
You can donate blood if you:
- Are in general good health.
- Are at least 18 years old (17 with parental consent).
- Weight at least 110 pounds.
- Can pass a general health and lifestyle screening.
Why should I be a blood donor?
Regular donors makes it possible for blood banks to have a steady supply of blood for accident and trauma victims, patients having surgery, or people undergoing treatment for blood disorders, cancer or leukemia. Your donation can mean the difference between life and dealth.
- Each year, nearly 5 million Americans need a life saving blood transfusion.
- 38,000 units of blood are needed every day in this country.
- About 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 3% do.
Who needs blood?
Whole blood can be separated into Red Blood Cells and Plasma
Red Blood Cells: Many types of patients require the transfusion of Red Blood Cells. They may include accident victims, patients undergoing surgery, cancer patients, kidney failure patients, obstetrical patients and infants.
Plasma: Patients who lack certain clotting factors, sucha as liver failure patients, and patients with certian types of cancer may require Plasma transfusions.