Donating Red Cells

What Are Red Cells?

Red cells account for close to 45% of your total blood volume and are constantly moving through your body to deliver oxygen and remove waste. The average life span of a red cell is 120 days and your body continually produces new red cells to replace dying ones. When donating only red cells, you are able to give two units, which we call a double red donation.

How Long Does It Take?

Double red cell donations usually take 30 minutes. During that time you can read a book, connect to our Wi-Fi, use a computer, watch a movie, use a mobile device, or just sit back and relax knowing you’re helping save a life.

How Often Can I Donate?

You can give a double red cell donation every 112 days.

Who Benefits from Red Cells?

Red cell transfusions are used by a number of patients. Like those being treated for trauma, anemia, blood disorders, blood loss and during surgery.

Can I Donate Red Cells?

Typically we look for non-first time donors who are A-, B-, or O- and meet the following requirements:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Weigh at least 150 pounds
  • No aspirin or aspirin-containing drugs in the past 48 hours
  • Appointment required - Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) to make an appointment to donate red cells.

Please contact your local donation center to ensure the location is currently offering double red cell donation.