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 suffering from trauma or with certain bleeding disorders.
Donors can give blood every 56 days and red blood cells can be stored for 42 days. Plasma can be stored frozen for up to a year for transfusion. Any unused for transfusion after that time can be used to manufacture a wide array of pharmaceutical products to help patients suffering from conditions like hemophilia and immune system disorders.
Blood is needed for:
- Accident Victims (50+ Units)
- Cardiovascular Surgery Patients (25 Units)
- Cancer Patients Needing Treatment (400 Units Per Year)
Only 10 people of 100 will give blood. Will you be in that 10%?
A growing number of donors give platelets through automated donation. This process takes a little longer, but is critical for making these essential blood clotting agents available to premature infants, patients undergoing cancer therapy, people facing heart surgeries and organ transplants, or those suffering from blood disorders. Platelets must be transfused within five days, requiring the supply to be replenished daily.
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.