Double Red Donations
Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of the body, comprise 40-50 percent of blood volume and are the
most commonly transfused blood product. They are used to treat anemia,
for surgical operations and to replace blood lost due to trauma
resulting from accidents or injuries.
A double red cell donation is an automated process that allows
the donor to give two units of red blood cells in one visit. In this
two-step process, two units of red cells are collected from the donor
and other blood components like plasma are returned to the donor. A
double red cell donation takes 30 to 40 minutes; the entire visit
takes about an hour and 15 minutes, a bit longer than a whole blood
As a double red cell donor you double your impact by providing twice as many red cells for patients
in need. You also receive a $10 gift card as a thank you for your time and donation.
Donor requirements for double red cell donations:
- Donors must be at least 17 years of age.
- Donors must have an adequate blood iron level.
- Female donors must be at least 5'5” tall and weigh 150 pounds.
- Male donors must be at least 5'1” and weigh 130 pounds.
- Donors must have an appointment to make a double red donation.
Type O donors are especially suited for double red cell donations because 45 percent of the population has Type O blood.
Additionally, Type O Negative is in even greater demand because all patients can receive that blood type.
A donor can give double red cells every 112 days.