What Is Whole Blood?
Whole Blood is a specialized bodily fluid that delivers necessary substances to the body’s cells, such as nutrients and oxygen, and transports waste products away from those same cells. Whole Blood includes red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and all other components present in human blood.
When you donate, a needle is placed in your vein and your blood is allowed to flow into a specified type of blood bag. You will be monitored throughout this process.
Whole Blood Donation Step-by-Step Process
Step 1. Medical History
Step 2. Pre-Donation Screening
Step 3. The Donation Process
Step 4. Compensation
Step 5. Plan Your Next Visit
To donate Whole Blood, you must be a healthy individual 18 to 65 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a valid ID and permanent address, and pass all other required donor eligibility criteria. Following a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water before donating is also recommended.
Is it safe to donate Whole Blood?
Donating Whole Blood is a very safe procedure with minimal or no side effects. On each visit we will check your vital signs and hematocrit and record your medical history. These steps help ensure donating is safe for you.
Our professional staff is dedicated to making your visit comfortable and rewarding.
How often can I donate Whole Blood?
You cannot donate more than 1 time in any 8 week period.
How long does it take to donate?
Approximately 30 minutes.
Do you test the Whole Blood every time?
Interstate Blood Bank performs extensive screening tests on a sample of every single unit of Whole Blood collected within our system. Each Whole Blood donation is thoroughly tested for various infectious agents including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis.
How is my Whole Blood used?
The Whole Blood that is collected at each Interstate Blood Bank is supplied to the medical and pharmaceutical community to be manufactured into a wide variety of products.
Do we compensate our Donors?
Yes, we do compensate our donors. Please click on Locations to find the location nearest you. You can contact your preferred location and they will answer any questions you have about the compensation structure.
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