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.