Who Can Donate?
Even with all the advances in medicine over the past century, donating blood is still a lifesaving contribution. What better way to celebrate life and good health than to help preserve the life of another by being a blood donor?
To be a blood donor you must:
- Be between 17 and 80 years old
- Weigh 110 pounds or more
- Be free of infection
- Know the names of any medications you are currently taking
You may give blood even if you:
Since active participation by volunteer donors is critical to the availability of blood, we urge all eligible people to donate blood on a regular basis. Donors can give blood every eight weeks.
What to Expect
(excerpt from Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center)
Note: Please eat before you donate. You should not be fasting.
When you arrive at the Blood Donor Center our staff will make every effort to accommodate you as soon as possible. First, you will be asked to complete the donor registration/medical history form.
The blood donation process takes approximately 30 minutes from the time you check in to the time you leave. The actual blood collection takes only about 10 minutes. For other donation types, the process (from arrival to departure) takes approximately:
- 45 minutes to collect two units of red blood cells
- 90 minutes to collect apheresis platelets
After you donate, you'll be given a light refreshment.
You may donate every eight weeks (up to six times a year) at the Blood Donor Center or a mobile drive . No appointment is necessary.
During a typical month the Blood Donor Center must draw blood from at least 2,500 donors to meet the blood needs of patients in our community.