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Double Red Cell Donation

What is a double red donation?

A double red cell donation allows you to donate two units of red blood cells during a single donation. The automated process is used to separate the red blood cells from the other blood components. A single double red cell donation can save two lives.

Who is eligible to donate double red cells?

In order to take two units of red blood cells at one sitting, donors must generally have a higher hemoglobin level than needed to qualify for a whole blood donation.

Is it safe to donate double red cells?

Donating double red cells is safe for healthy adults.

How long does it take?

A double red cell donation usually takes 30-60 minutes.

How often can you give a red cell donation?

Double red cell donation can only be done once every 112 days (16 weeks) or more.

What are double red cell donations used for?

Double red cell donations are used to collect the most commonly transfused blood types, such as O positive and O negative red blood cells.

How do I make an appointment to donate?

Double red cell donations are currently offered at all Carter BloodCare locations. You can schedule an appointment to donate whole blood online or by calling (817)-412-5830. Our team members are waiting to assist you. When you arrive on the day of your donation, ask your phlebotomist if you are a good candidate for a double red cell donation based on blood type and patient need.