Donation Guidelines

Donation Guidelines

To Donate Whole Blood:

  • You must be at least 16-years-old to donate with verifiable parental permission. Download our Parental Consent Form here. Donors 18-years-old and older do not need permission to donate. 

  • You must weigh 110 pounds or more.
  • You must be in overall good health. 
  • You can donate every eight weeks or every 56 days.
  • Before donating blood, you should drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal or snack. Do not drink an excessive amount of caffeinated beverages. Please continue to take prescribed medications.
  • Bring with you an account of everywhere you've traveled outside the country over the last three years. 

Platelet or Plasma Pheresis Donation Requirements:

  • At least 17 years old and have given whole blood or automated double red cell (2RBC) successfully at least once.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Be in general good health.
  • Donors cannot take aspirin or aspirin-containing medications for 48 hours prior to donating platelets.

Your platelet count will be checked before going on the machine to make sure you meet the Food and Drug Administration standards for donation.

Platelets can be donated every two weeks and plasma can be given every 28 days. Blood types A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB- are preferred for this donation.

Automated POWER RED Donation Requirements:

  • At least 17 years old 
  • Men must weigh 130 pounds and be at least 5’1" tall 
  • Women must weigh 150 pounds and be at least 5’3" tall 
  • In generally good health.
  • Bring with you an account of everywhere you've traveled outside the country over the last three years. 

You can donate every 16 weeks or three times a year. Two units of red cells are drawn. Blood types A+, O+, O- are preferred for this donation method.

To speak with someone to discuss the right donation for your specific blood type, call (440) 322-5700.

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