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Whole Blood Donation is what most people are familiar with. This is the traditional way of donating and allows us to draw all three components of red blood cells, platelets and plasma at one time. After donation, the blood is separated into the three components and has the ability to save three different lives.
Automated Donation is the newer way of donating blood. This technology allows us to draw only specific components of your blood at a larger volume. For example, one automated platelet donation produces one or more complete platelet doses for a patient. It would take six to eight whole blood donors pooled together to produce one complete platelet dose. We make the decision on what components to draw based on your blood type.
Rare Donor Program:
Everyone’s blood type falls into the four basic blood groups: A, B, O and AB. However, there are more than 400 other groups or variable factors that further determine your exact blood type by identifying very specific characteristics of your blood. You inherit a combination of blood factors from your parents and these can be influenced by life events, such as receiving a bone marrow transplant. Rare donors may lack a particular blood factor that most everyone else has, have a particular blood factor that most people do not have, or have a unique or unusual combination of blood factors.
You may not know that your blood has a factor that makes you a rare donor. When you give blood, we’ll test your blood to determine this. If you are identified as a rare donor, we’ll enter you into a database that helps match rare donors with recipients in need of blood. Your blood donation may help a patient in the local area or even a patient outside the country. If you are a rare donor you may be inspired to donate regularly knowing your blood is uniquely powerful.