Donating Blood Components (Automated Donation)
Successful whole blood donors are sometimes asked to try an automated donation. Automated Donation (also called apheresis) is a process where specialized equipment collects specific blood components – platelets, plasma or red blood cells – and returns the rest of your blood to you. The benefit of an automated donation is that a greater volume of components may be collected at a time, which means your blood can help more patients with each donation.
- Advanced cancer treatments and the increasing number of marrow and organ transplants have created a greater demand for blood components.
- Not all donors have the physical characteristics or available time to give components. See if you are a candidate.
- Automated donation uses sterile, disposable needles and tubing. You’ll never come into contact with the machine or the blood of another donor.
- An automated donation can take 2-3 hours, but we provide a great selection of DVDs to watch while you save lives!
- You earn more MyBloodSource Rewards per donation and can donate more frequently – to redeem for great items at the MyBloodSource store. You can also schedule your next donation appointment and check on your pre-donation health stats – sign up today!
Donating blood components is a great way to help with the mission of a safe and plentiful blood supply. Learn more about donating blood components.