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Types of Blood Donations

REX Blood Services offers a variety of volunteer blood donation options and several specialized donation options including:

Whole Blood Donations

Whole blood donations are the most common type of donation. The process takes about 45 minutes and is virtually painless.

Before each donation, the donor is given a brief medical history interview and a quick physical (to check blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hematocrit). Then, a trained technician will draw a pint of blood.

Once the donation is complete, the donor can resume normal activities.

Whole blood donations can be made once every eight weeks.

Apheresis or 'Automated'

Platelets can be very important to patients undergoing cancer treatments and those receiving organ transplants. They are also vital to many surgical procedures as they help to slow or stop bleeding.

Platelets, and other blood components such as plasma and red blood cells, are collected during a process called apheresis. First, blood is drawn from the donor’s arm and passed through an apheresis machine. This machine separates the blood component(s) that are being donated from the rest of the blood. The component(s) are then collected, and the remaining blood is returned to the donor.

When donating via an automated system, the most needed blood components are donated based on the donor's blood type and donor qualifications. This allows the donor to give more of that component(s).

Donors can also give double red cells through the apheresis process. This type of automated donation is similar to donating platelets, but only red blood cells are donated. The rest of the blood components are returned to the donor. Twice the volume of red blood cells are collected during this process, compared to a regular whole blood donation.

If the donor is eligible to give blood, they can also donate platelets. For a double red cell donation, the donor must meet certain height, weight and hematocrit requirements.

Platelet and double red cell donations are performed at REX Donor Center by appointment only. To schedule your appointment for apheresis, call 919-784-4750.

Autologous Donations

Autologous donations are made by patients for themselves in advance of a planned surgery.

These donations require a physician’s order and may involve an additional fee for each unit of blood stored prior to the transfusion. The blood donation must be made at least five business days, but not more than 42 days, prior to the scheduled date of transfusion.

Since the blood is being donated by the patient for their own use, autologous donations are not subject to the same testing as other donations. Any blood not used by the patient is discarded.

Autologous donations are performed at REX Donor Center by appointment only. To schedule your appointment for an autologous donation, call 919-784-4750.

Download/print the Autologous Donation Request Form.

Directed Donations

Directed donations are donations made for a specific patient by a family member or a friend.

These donations require a physician’s order, a patient’s signature and may involve an additional fee for each unit of blood stored prior to the transfusion. The blood donation must be made at least five business days, but not more than 42 days, prior to the scheduled date of transfusion.

Directed donations are performed at REX Donor Center by appointment only. To schedule your appointment for a directed donation, call 919-784-4750.

Download/print the Direct Donation Request Form

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