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Blood and Organ Donation

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

Winterblast and Health Fair
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
CLC (Inside)

Monday, January 23rd
UCG Atrium

Monday, March 20th
UCG Atrium

Wednesday, April 19th, 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:

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

      Contact Us
      Sydney Will
      Health Educator  

      USC Upstate
      800 University Way
      Spartanburg, SC 29303