Donating blood saves lives. There is an on-going need for blood donation to ensure the blood supply remains available for those who need it in our community. Thousands of units of blood are needed every day. It takes 800 donors a day to sustain a blood supply for patients in our community. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases, and many other situations.
Volunteer blood donors provide 100 percent of our community’s blood supply. Most people in general good health can donate blood. Donating blood takes an hour or less, from check-in until the time you leave. Actual donation time is about 10 minutes. The normal donor screening process includes evaluation of your health at the time of donation, your travel history, and your temperature. These criteria help assure blood safety.
It is safe to donate blood. There is no known risk to blood donors. Blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow specific guidelines to ensure safe blood is always available for patients who need it. However, some medical conditions or events in your medical history might prevent you from being a donor. Visit the donation centers below and read their FAQ and other information about who can donate blood.
To donate blood, you must make an appointment at a blood center (see below).
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Puget Sound blood donation centers
Donating blood is easy and quick. There are blood center donation locations throughout the Puget Sound region.
Bloodworks Northwest (previously known as Puget Sound Blood Center) is an independent, non-profit organization that works to provide a safe, lifesaving blood supply to more than 90 Northwest hospitals. Backed by more than 70 years of history, Bloodworks is a cornerstone of healthcare in the Northwest. Bloodworks saves lives through medical and laboratory services in partnership with our community.
Physicians at Bloodworks Northwest are specialists in transfusion medicine. Their labs offer diverse testing services to support many surgical needs and patient care. Their research makes scientific breakthroughs to help people live longer and healthier lives – locally, and around the world.
For more information about Bloodworks Northwest, visit their FAQ: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/need-to-know/frequently-asked-questions
To schedule a Donation Appointment, visit: https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx
Cascade Regional Blood Services
Cascade Regional Blood Services (CRBS) has supplied blood to MultiCare Health System hospitals and health centers in Pierce and South King Counties since 1946. Along with supplying blood and blood products to the community, they also perform specialty therapeutic procedures. CRBS is a member of national organizations Blood Centers of America and America’s Blood Centers, which provide additional resources and support.
For more information about CRBS, visit their FAQ: https://www.crbs.net/faq/
To schedule a Donation Appointment, visit: https://www.crbs.net/donate/
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