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. 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.
Whole blood is the type of donation most people think of when donating blood. After you donate whole blood, your blood gets separated into components. A specialty donation is when you donate one of these components:
- Platelets – cells that help blood clot and support the immune system
- Red cells – cells that carry oxygen to the body's tissues and organs
- Plasma – the liquid part of blood that transports blood cells, nutrients, and other essential substances throughout the body
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:||You're the right type to give:|
|Double red cells, Whole blood|
|A-||Double red cells, Platelets|
|B-||Double red cells, Platelets|
Contact us at 1-888-GIVE-BLD for more information.