If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 661-323-4222 or toll free 1-877-364-5844.
How your blood saves lives
Most blood donors give whole blood, which is then separated into at least two products: red blood cells and plasma. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body, and are most needed by patients suffering significant blood loss through trauma, surgery or anemia. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood containing critical clotting factors, so it is used to treat patients with certain bleeding disorders and for plasma exchanges.
Donors can give blood every 56 days and red blood cells can be stored for 42 days. Plasma can be frozen for up to a year.
A growing number of donors give platelets through automated donation. This process takes longer, but is critical for making these essential blood clotting agents available to patients undergoing cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, and organ transplants, or suffering from blood disorders. Platelets must be transfused within five days, requiring the supply to be constantly replenished.
Blood is needed for:
Cardiovascular Surgery Patients
Cancer Patients Needing Treatment
400 Units Per Year
Only one in 20 people regulary give blood. Your blood donation will help save lives.
Maximizing Donations through Automation
Donors can optimize their blood donation through automation. Our automated machines, use the Trima Automated Blood Collection System to target the exact blood components needed for local patients, as well as the donor’s ability to give, therefore maximizing each donation.
Without automation, blood has to undergo processes to separate the components into therapeutic doses for patients. With automation, this is all done during donation, saving time in getting the components through testing and dispensed to patients in need. What is not needed for patients is returned safely to the donor. Most donors can provide at least two therapeutic units of the most needed components – but some can provide three to four units. Many donors feel that the time automated donation takes, about 11/2 to 2 hours, is well worth it because they can provide needed platelets unavailable through other means, and they can save more lives in one visit to the blood bank.