More People Eligible to Donate Double Red Cells
October 6, 2009
Donors encouraged to try a different type of blood donation
The specific donor requirements for a double red cell donation have been modified to include more blood donors. Effective immediately, males must weigh at least 130 pounds (formerly, 150 pounds) and stand at least 5’1” tall. Females must weigh at least 150 pounds (formerly, 175 pounds) and stand at least 5’5” tall. Double red cell donors must be 18 years of age or older.
If you are a busy person and have type O or B blood, double red cell donation may be ideal for you. Each procedure lets you give more of the product that is needed most by patients. Double red cell donation allows qualified donors to give two units of red cells in one visit.
Unlike traditional whole blood donations, which are sent to the laboratory for separation into components, blood is separated into components as it is drawn in a double red cell donation. There are immediate benefits to the donor. First, you don’t lose the liquid portion of your blood, which in turn may cause you to feel more hydrated after your donation. Secondly, you are eligible to donate double red cells every 16 weeks (rather than every eight weeks for whole blood), which means more time for other activities between donations.
Please ask your American Red Cross if double red cell donation is available at your local blood drive or donor center. Regardless of whether or not you give double red cell donation, your gift of life in a blood donation is needed!
How to Donate Blood
Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Red Cross donor card or positive ID required. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or log on to RedCrossBlood.org for more information.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.