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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Donate Blood, Save A Life

Donate Blood Save a Life

WHY DONATE BLOOD?

BLOOD CAN BE BROKEN DOWN INTO THREE COMPONENTS, AND EACH ONE SAVES LIVES:

  • Red blood cells are used to treat cancer, surgery, and trauma patients.
  • Plasma often is needed to replace fluids in burn and trauma patients.
  • Platelets help cancer and bone marrow transplant patients recover.  

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center needs 1,000 donations every day of the year to serve patients in our community. Giving on an ongoing basis helps ensure blood components are always available for the patients we serve. Your donation could mean the difference between life and death for someone, and that’s why we’re so grateful for you.

OTHER BENEFITS OF DONATING BLOOD WITH THE GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER INCLUDE:

  • Saving up to 3 lives with each donation because a whole blood donation can be divided into three components—plasma, platelets and red blood cells. 
  • Receiving a text message when your donation is on its way to a local health care facility to save lives. 
  • Earning points that can be redeemed for electronic gift cards for a variety of retailers in our Donor Rewards store. 
  • Our Digital Donor app makes it easy to find a location and schedule an appointment.

REQUIREMENTS:

Who can donate blood?

  • Anyone who is age 17 or older may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals who are 16 years old may be eligible to donate with parental consent.  
  • You must bring a valid picture ID prior to donation. 
    • Donors age 19 and up must weigh at least 110 pounds. 
    • Donors age 16 to 18 must weigh 122 pounds. *16-year-old donors must have parental consent. 
    • Potential donors must be in general good health, without any cold or flu symptoms. 

HOW OFTEN CAN I DONATE BLOOD?

  • Donating blood requires a waiting period between donations. If you donate:
  • Whole blood- you may donate 56 days after your last whole blood donation.
  • Double Red Cells- you may donate 112 days after your last double red cell donation. Double red cell donors must meet certain weight, height, and hemoglobin (iron) requirements.
  • Platelets- you may donate 7 days after your last platelet donation, with a maximum of 24 donations per year.
  • Plasma- you may donate 28 days after your last plasma donation.

DEFERRALS 

What does it mean to be deferred? A donor is deferred when they don’t meet one or more eligibility criteria. It’s how long they must wait before being considered for donation again. For example, when you get a tattoo, you’ll be deferred for a week. That means you can donate blood one week after it was done.  

Or you may receive an indefinite deferral, where you aren't able to donate blood unless federal regulations change in the future. We understand this isn’t what you want to hear, but you can still help us save lives. Follow us on social media and emphasize the importance of donating blood and/or volunteer to help us recruit donors.

Learn more at www.giveblood.org

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