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Blood and Organ Donation

Blood Donation - 1 pint of blood can save 3 lives!

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be healthy.
  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must weigh at least 110 lbs.
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Donation Process:

  • Hydrate.
  • Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet before donating.
  • Iron rich foods include dark green leafy vegetables, red meat, whole wheat products and legumes.
  • Bring a list of medications you are currently taking.
  • Bring an ID.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for 24 hours.
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Types of Donation:

Whole Blood
  • Most common type of donation in which approximately 1 pint of "whole blood" is given.
  • Total donation time takes almost an hour; however, actual donation time only takes 8-10 minutes. 
  • Eligible to donate "whole blood" every 56 days.
Double Red Blood Cells
  • Completed with the help of an apheresis machine which collects the red cells; however, returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. 
  • Double red cell donations from Type O donors and Rh-negative blood types play a very important role in maintaining blood supply levels.
  • Takes approximately 30 minutes longer than whole blood donation and allows you to give 2 units of red cells. 
  • Can donate every 112 days. 
  • With the use of an apheresis machine, platelets are collected and some plasma. Most of the plasma and red blood cells are returned to the donor. 
  • Platelets are vital elements of cancer and organ transplant treatments.
  • Donation takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
  • Collected simultaneously with a platelet donation.
  • Blood is collected and is separated into plasma, red blood cells and platelets. Red blood cells and/or platelets are returned to the donor.  
  • Donation takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

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Blood Types:

O Positive

  • Most common blood type; therefore in the greatest demand.
  • Can receive O+ and O-
O Negative
  • "Universal" blood type that can be transfused to almost any patient.
  • Safest for newborn infants with underdeveloped immune systems.
  • Although all blood types can receive O-, O- patients can only receive O- blood when needed.
A Positive 
  • Second most common blood type.
  • Can receive A+, A-, O+, O-
A Negative
  • Fairly rare blood type with only 6.3% of the population having A- blood. 
  • Can receive A-, O-
B Positive 
  • Can receive B+, B-, O+, O-

B Negative
Rare blood type with only 1.5% of the population having B- blood.

  • Can Receive B-, O-
AB Positive
  • The most rare blood type; however, AB plasma is universal and can be used for all blood types. 
  • Can receive AB+, AB-, B+, B-, A+, A-, O+, O-
AB Negative
  • The most rare blood type; however, AB plasma is universal and can be used for all blood types. 
  • Can receive AB-, B-, A-, O-
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Blood Components:

Whole Blood and Red Blood Cells 

  • Whole Blood: Blood with all of its components intact that has been withdrawn from a donor into an anticoagulant solution for use to restore blood volume especially after traumatic blood loss. 
  • Red Blood Cells: Any of the hemoglobin-containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and are responsible for the red color of vertebrate blood. 
  • A small colorless anucleate disk-shaped cell fragment that is released from the bone marrow into the blood and assists in blood clot formation by adhering to other platelets and to damaged epithelium.
Blood Plasma
  • The liquid component of whole blood that consists of water and its dissolved constituents including proteins, electrolytes, sugars, lipids, metabolic waste products, amino acids, hormones and vitamins. Plasma is responsible for the transportation of the aforementioned in order to maintain the body's fluid balance.
White Blood Cells
  • White Blood Cells: Any of the blood cells that are colorless, lack hemoglobin, contain a nucleus, and include the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils. The main function of white blood cells is to protect the body from infection.
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Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation:

  • Needs 40 units of blood, 30 unites of platelets, 20 bags of cryoprecipitate, 25 units of fresh frozen plasma 
  • Are you a donor?  Learn more, save lives, and register now!
  • Remember to indicate this on your state issued I.D. or license as well. 
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The Blood Connection
The American Red Cross

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Upcoming Blood Drives:
Blood Drives - Spartanburg
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
CLC Circle Lot
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Blood Drives - Greenville
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
UCG USC Upstate Lobby
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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