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Double your Donation at our Oakland Center

Northern California Blood Services Region

April 2, 2012
 

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region will begin using an automated blood collection system – called ALYX – at its Oakland Blood Donation Center on Apr. 16, 2012.

The Oakland Blood Donation Center is located at 6230 Claremont Avenue.  For more information about double red cell donation or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The ALYX Component Collection System helps ensure a steady and continuous blood supply for local patients by collecting two units of red blood cells from one donor. With the ALYX system, only red blood cells are collected; and the machine returns the other blood components – such as platelets and plasma – to the donor.

“Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood components,” Northern California Blood Services Region CEO Jeff Meyer said. “ALYX allows people to safely double their red blood cell donations. So with each visit, donors can give more of what patients need the most.”

Red blood cells are needed by almost every type of patient requiring a transfusion – including (but not limited to) accident and trauma victims, and patients with blood disorders and other life-threatening diseases. Also, many patients – such as those suffering with sickle cell disease – require several red blood cell transfusions.

Double red cell donations are not a new concept (the Red Cross has been performing double red cell collection in the Northern California Region since December 2002). But currently the Red Cross has been using ALYX machines in this region only at mobile blood drives and the Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton and San Jose blood centers.

“We are looking to increase red blood cell collection in the Northern California Region,” Meyer said. “And by putting ALYX machines in more of our donor centers, we’re making it as convenient as possible for our donors to give those red blood cells. And that will help to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of patients in the Bay Area.”

In addition to meeting other blood donor qualifications, double red cell donors must also meet the following criteria:

  • Men must be at least 5’1” and weigh at least 150 pounds
  • Women must be at least 5’5” and weigh at least 175 pounds
  • Usually reserved for people with blood types O, A-negative or B-negative

About the American Red Cross

The Northern California Blood Services Region has been collecting blood for the community since the late 1940s.  The region supplies blood to 30 Bay Area hospitals, and must collect more than 300 pints of blood each day in order to meet hospital needs.