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What is a Whole Blood Donation?
Fresh whole blood is needed for a variety of research and diagnostic purposes. Whole blood donations comprise of all of these components: Red Cells, Leukocytes, Plasma, and Platelets. These components are either separated and used individually or used the as a whole unit for use in controls and other research opportunities.
Whole blood donations are minimally invasive, using a sterile IV needle in one arm and gravity to collect the sample.
What will my visit entail?
PPA’s Collection Center is FDA-Registered Tennessee State, CLIA Laboratory Licensed and scaled to ensure comfort for your visit. After an examination from a healthcare provider, you will be directed to the donation rooms where a phlebotomist will begin the whole blood donation process, which involves a sterile IV placed in one arm connected to a specialized, sterile collection bag used for transport. The entire process lasts less than an hour. The standard amount of blood taken is usually one pint unless otherwise specified by your healthcare provider. Donors are allowed to donate every 56 days. Remember to drink plenty of hydrating fluids and avoid caffeinated liquids prior to your visit.
Upon completion, you will be paid on the spot for you donation. Our highly trained and courteous staff will then schedule future appointments.
What do I need to know?
Knowing your blood type is important when donating whole blood for research and is essential when donations are given to human recipients. The presence of certain antigens can trigger an immune response if they are received during a transfusion. The ABO Blood System has developed as a result and the following rules can be applied when giving blood:
|Blood Type||Description||Can Donate to…|
|Type A||Has the “A” antigen on the red blood cell and “B” antibody in the plasma||Types A and AB|
|Type B||Has the “B” antigen on the red blood cell and “A” antibody in the plasma||Types B and AB|
|Type AB||Has the “A” and “B” antigens on the red blood cells and neither antibody in the plasma. Known as the Universal Recipient||Type AB only|
|Type O||Has neither “A” nor “B” antigens on the red blood cells and both “A” and “B” antibodies in the plasma. Known as the Universal Donor||Types A, B, AB, and O|
It is important to note that there is a third antigen, called the Rh factor, that has consideration when finding a match. If it is present, the patient is Rh positive (or Rh +) and if it is not present, the patient is Rh negative (or Rh -). Usually Rh + blood is given to Rh + patients and Rh – blood is given to Rh – patients.
How do I get started?
Make an Appointment to register. You must have a picture ID and proof of residence. Medical history and information will be asked to ensure specific donations are handled in a confidential and ethical manner. Please let us know ahead of time if you have ever tested positive or were diagnosed with the following conditions: HCV, HIV, HBsAg (If so, you could qualify for special studies).
Whole Blood collected at PPA is ONLY utilized for Research and Diagnostic Use. It is NEVER used for transfusion. To donate blood for transfusion purposes, please contact your local Blood Bank.