General Donation of Blood or Platelets
Blood or platelets donated at our Blood Bank are placed in the Hospital’s general supply to be used for emergencies and other patient transfusion needs.
Directed Blood Donations
Donors may designate that blood or platelets be used for a specific patient, usually a family member or friend. The patient intending to receive the blood or platelets will need to make arrangements in advance of the anticipated use, and complete a Blood Bank-directed donor consent form. The patient or representative of the patient can contact the Blood Bank for complete instructions.
Autologous Blood Donations
Prior to a procedure or surgery, a patient may choose to donate his or her own blood. The patient can then be transfused with his or her own blood, which is the safest possible blood available for transfusion. Autologous blood donation is available to patients undergoing elective surgery and requires a prescription from the patient’s physician. The patient may begin donating a few weeks prior to the procedure or surgery.