Whole Blood

  • Whole Blood is the most common type of donation.
  • During a whole blood donation, one unit of whole blood is given, which is equivalent to one pint.
  • Whole blood is separated into transfusable components.
  • A whole blood donation takes approximately one hour, but the donation itself only takes about eight-ten minutes. The other time is needed for a mini physical and completion of the donor registration form.
  • A donor can donate whole blood every 56 days.
  • Whole blood can be donated at all Indiana Blood Center donor centers and at all mobile drives.
  • The shelf life of whole blood is 42 days.

Platelets

  • Platelets are colorless fragments of cells whose main function is to control bleeding.
  • During a platelet donation, an apheresis machine collects platelets and returns the other blood components back to the donor.
  • Platelets are often used for cancer treatments and organ transplants.
  • A platelet donation takes approximately one and a half to two and a half hours, but the donation itself takes anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
  • A donor can donate platelets every seven days.
  • Platelets can be donated at all Indiana Blood Center donor centers and on Indiana Blood Center’s platelet bus.
  • The shelf-life of platelets is five days.
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Double Red Cells

  • Red cells transport oxygen to body cells and remove carbon dioxide. Red cells contain iron in the hemoglobin.
  • One double red cell donation results in twice as many red cells as a typical whole blood donation.
  • A double red cell donation is done with the help of an apheresis machine, which collects the red cells, but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.
  • Eligibility for donating double red cells is based on the donor’s hemoglobin and total blood volume, which is calculated using donor’s height, weight, and gender.
  • A double red cell donation takes approximately one hour, but the donation itself only takes about 30-35 minutes and allows you to give two units of red cells.
  • A donor can donate double red cells every 112 days.
  • A double red cell donation can be made at all Indiana Blood Center donor centers and at some mobile drives.