Donate the right type for your blood type
Every two seconds, someone needs blood—and every patient has different needs. While someone being treated for leukemia may need platelets, burn victims frequently need plasma, and red blood cells can mean the difference between life and death for a premature baby.
Whole blood is the type of donation most people think of when donating blood. Based on your blood type and where the need is greatest, you can provide more of the life-saving blood patients need by making a specialty donation. A specialty donation is when you donate just one part of your blood at a time: double red cells, platelets, or plasma.
Maximize your donation
A specialty donation allows you to give more of what patients need, in just one appointment. During your donation, one part of your blood is collected, while the rest is returned to your body. This process is called apheresis (AY-fur-EE-sis).
|If your type is:||Please donate:|
|Double Red Cells, Whole blood|
|A-||Double Red Cells, Platelets|
|B-||Double Red Cells, Platelets|