Blood 101: Donation Process

Have you ever wondered what happened to your blood after donating?

To make the journey from “arm to arm”,  every unit goes through a series of steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be.

Step 1: The Donation: 1 pint of blood and several small test tubes are                                            collected from each donor

Step 2: Processing: Blood in spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable                             components – red cells, platelets, and plasma

Step 3: Testing: A dozen tests are preformed on each unit of donated blood –  to                     establish the blood type and test for infectious disease

Step 4: Storage: When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are                    labeled  and stored

Step 5: Distribution: Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals 24 hours a day,                 7 days a week.