Autologous and Directed Donations
Autologous donations are donations that individuals give for their own use – for example, before a surgery.
A directed donation occurs when a patient's family and friends donate blood for his or her upcoming procedure. A patient must give consent and have his/her physician submit a written request for the Red Cross to collect blood from the selected donors.
Carefully consider the following:
- There is no evidence that patients can select safer donors than the volunteer blood system provides.
- All donated blood products are tested with the same tests for HIV and other infectious diseases, which further enhances the safety of the blood supply.
- Social pressure associated with directed donations may compromise the reliability of the donor’s answers to health-history questions
The Red Cross accepts both directed and regular donations and encourages eligible donors to give blood for patients in need.
Special Collections Form
Download the Special Collections Order Form for your Autologous and Directed donations.