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Blood and Organ Donation

Did you know 1 pint of blood can save 3 lives?
Upcoming Blood Drives:
Spartanburg Campus

Monday, March 20, 2016
UCG Atrium

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
CLC Circle Lot

Greenville Campus
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be healthy.
  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Travel Restrictions change frequently check with the Blood Connection for specific countries
What should I do before and after donating blood?
  • 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!
  • Eat a snack
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for 24 hours.

Types of Donation:

 Donation TypeFacts 
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. 

Blood Types:

Blood Type 
Blood Types Able to Receive 
  • Most rare blood type
  • AB plasma is a "universal donor"
    meaning all blood types can receive it
 AB+, AB-, A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-          
  •  Most rare blood type
  • AB plasma is a "universal donor"
    meaning all blood types can receive it
 AB-, A-, B-, O-
  • Second most common blood type. 
 A+, A-, O+, O-
  • Fairly rare blood type with only 6.3% of
    the population having A- blood
 A-, O-
B+   B+, B-, O+, O-
  • Rare blood type with only 1.5% of the
    population having B- blood. 
 B-, O-
  • Most common blood type
  • Therefore in the greatest demand
 O+, O-
  • Considered the "Universal" donor
  • Can be transfused to almost any
  • Safest for newborns and infants with
    underdeveloped immune systems
  • Although all blood types can receive 
    O-, O- individuals can only receive
    O- when in need


      The Blood Connection
      The American Red Cross

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      8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Campus Life Center, Suite 220 

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      Sydney Will
      Health Educator  

      USC Upstate
      800 University Way
      Spartanburg, SC 29303