Are you looking for more ways to give back to your community, but don’t have much free time to give? Do you already give blood with Carter BloodCare? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you may be interested in learning more about automated blood donations.
What Are Automated Blood Donations?
Automated donation is a process that allows you to give more of the blood components our patients needs. An automated process called “apheresis” is used to separate blood components while blood is being drawn. The selected component is collected and saved, while the rest of your blood is immediately returned to you. Automated donation helps you maximize your ability to help others by providing more of the blood components needed. It also allows Carter BloodCare to better match your donation to the needs of our community hospitals and health care facilities.
Double Red Cell Donation
More than 69 percent of all transfusions require red blood cells, which carry the hemoglobin and oxygen in the body. Anemic patients, transplant patients, heart surgery patients or accident and trauma patients need red cells, usually in multiple units. Because of automated donation technology, you can safely give two full transfusable doses of red cells in a single donation. The procedure takes just 20-30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and can be performed every 112 days (every 16 weeks).
Double red cell donors must meet the same requirements as routine whole blood donors, with the following exceptions:
- Men must weigh at least 130 lbs. and be 5’1″ or taller.
- Women must weigh at least 150 lbs. and be 5’5″ or taller.
- Double red cell donors must have a minimum hematocrit (red cell level) of 40 percent.
Do you qualify for a double red cell donation? Feel free to call us to learn more information at 1-800-DONATE-4. Roll up your sleeves and be a part of something great at Carter BloodCare!
Have you donated double red cells? If so, comment below and tell us about it.