Recommendations & Requirements
Deciding to give blood can be more difficult than the actual process of donating it.
While it's normal to feel anxious about a new experience, you can rest assured giving blood is safe. Since the needle is sterile and used only once, it is impossible to contract any disease by donating blood.
We recommend eating a good meal before you donate. The donation process involves four steps and takes about 30 minutes.
In the 24 hours after you donate, your blood donation is tested, typed and separated into various components to be safely transfused into a maximum of three patients.
Basic Requirements for Blood Donation
- You are between the ages of 17 and 74; 16 with a signed parental consent form.
- You are in good health.
- You weigh at least 110 pounds if you are 21+ years old. If you are between the ages of 16-20, you must meet relative height and weight requirements.
- You may donate platelets as often as every 28 days.
- You may donate blood as often as every 56 days.