A directed donation occurs when a patient's ABO and Rh compatible family members and/or friends donate blood for his or her upcoming procedure. A patient must have his/her physician submit a Red Cross Special Collections Order form for the Red Cross to collect blood from the selected donors. Once a completed, signed form is received, a specialized scheduling team will contact the donors to arrange appointments at designated collection centers and shipment to participating transfusion services.
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.