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Whole Blood Donation

What is a whole blood donation?

A whole blood is the most common kind of donation. During the donation roughly one pint of blood is taken from a donor. This process takes about one hour from the time the donor comes in to the time the donor is ready to leave. Whole blood donations can be made every 56 days.

Is it safe to give whole blood?

Yes! Our whole blood donation process is safe for healthy, eligible adults. New, sterile equipment is used on each donor and disposed of after each donation. After your donation, your body will begin to replenish the lost volume and red blood cells.

Who is eligible?

Are you ready to donate? In addition to being in good health, donors must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 lbs., and feel well the day of their donation. Sixteen-year-olds must have a signed parental consent form.

How long does it take?

From check-in, to donation to grabbing a snack, the entire process of donating whole blood takes about an hour. The donation itself or “draw” only takes around 10 minutes.

Does it hurt to donate?

There might be slight discomfort from the needle stick. However, the rewards of helping others are great, and the process of blood donation is a breeze compared to what any of the patients are going through that need the transfusions.

How often can you give whole blood?

Whole blood donations can be made every 56 days, but are limited to a maximum of six donations in a 12 month period.

How do I make an appointment to donate?

Whole blood can be donated at any Carter BloodCare center or mobile drive. You can schedule an appointment to donate whole blood online or by calling (817)-412-5830. Our team members are waiting to assist you.