Types of Blood Donation

Friday, October 30, 2015

Giving blood is a simple thing to do but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Blood donation helps millions of patients in need. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the different types of blood donation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Blood donation is a voluntary procedure. You agree to have blood drawn so that it can be given to someone who needs a blood transfusion.

Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. Some may need blood during surgery. Others depend on it after an accident or because they have a disease.

There are several types of blood donation:

Whole blood. This is the most common type of blood donation, during which approximately a pint of whole blood is donated. The blood is then separated into its components red cells, plasma, platelets.

Platelets. Using a process called apheresis, the donor is hooked up to a machine that collects the platelets and some of the plasma, and then returns the rest of the blood to the donor.

Plasma. Plasma may be collected simultaneously with a platelet donation, or it may be collected without collecting platelets during an apheresis donation, and

Double red cells. Double red cell donation is also done using apheresis. In this case, only the red cells are collected.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.