A: No. Red Cross does not sell or distribute blood or blood products. The blood that we collect is used to help save lives. If you want to donate blood, you can do so through the Red Cross website.
Our blood and blood products are only given to people who need them. If you are a patient we will never ask you to donate blood. The whole point of our blood banks is that they save lives.
Q: What are the benefits of donating blood?
A: Blood is used to save lives and help people in need. It’s a very powerful thing.
Q: What are the risks of donating blood?
A: There is a small risk that people may faint or pass out. If you faint or pass out, you may be unable to perform routine activities like standing, walking, or doing your normal activities for a day or two. When you’re in this situation, you should call your doctor and let them know. It can be dangerous to donate blood if you need to be under general anesthesia.
Q: What if there are no available units of blood?
A: We try to use our donors as soon as possible. If there are not enough units of blood for your donation, we will ask you to wait for your next available unit.
Q: How long will it take to get the blood?
A: Blood is processed and shipped within hours of collection.
Q: Do I have to donate blood?
A: Yes. We do ask that you sign an informed consent form. It is not the responsibility of the Red Cross to answer any questions you may have.
Q: How much does it cost to donate blood?
A: The cost of a unit of blood depends on the type of donation. For a single unit of whole blood the cost is $25 $30.
Q: What does whole blood cost?
A: A unit of whole blood costs $25.
Q: What does platelet concentrate cost?
A: A unit of platelet concentrate costs $23.
Q: Can I donate blood with my own blood?
A: No. You cannot donate blood with your own blood.
Q: Do I have to have a specific reason to donate blood?
Q: What is a blood drive?
A: A blood drive is a gathering of people who all want to help save lives. The blood drive is a fun way to get to know each other and to help save lives.
Q: What is the blood drive really about?
A: It’s really about helping people and helping the community.
Q: Can I donate blood and blood products and not be a Red Cross volunteer?
A: No. If you want to donate blood and blood products, you must be a volunteer.
Q: How long do I have to give blood for?
A: It depends on the donation.
Q: What is the Red Cross donation system?
A: If you are a Red Cross volunteer, you will be given an identification card with your name on it. You will be informed when it is safe for you to donate blood. If you are a patient, you will be given a card that says “Patient/Volunteer” with your name on it.
Q: Is there a cost to sign up to donate blood?
A: No. The cost to sign up is $25.
Q: How much do I have to pay for an order of blood?
A: It varies.
Q: Is there a limit to how much I can order?
A: No. You can order as much blood products as you want.
Q: Do I have to sign a waiver?
A: No. If you do not want to donate blood, you do not need to sign any waiver.
Q: What if I have never donated before?
A: It depends. Donating blood is easy. You can do it with or without a volunteer. If you’ve never done it before, ask us what you need to do.
Q: What if I can’t donate blood?
A: We have a large list of conditions that we need you to be able to donate blood. You can call us at 8006433357 and ask to talk to someone or visit our website.
Q: Can I donate blood if I have a blood clot?
A: You should not donate blood if you have a blood clot. This is why it is important to tell us if you have any conditions that may affect your blood clotting ability.
Q: What if I’m pregnant?
A: We do not want to hurt you. However, we will ask you to wait until you are not pregnant.
Q: What if I’m a pediatric patient?
A: Children need blood, too. We need to be able to give them the best possible blood product possible to prevent anemia so they can grow.
Q: Are newborns safe to donate blood?
A: Yes. We can use your baby’s blood for transfusions.
Q: Is your blood too hard to use for donation?
A: No. We take great care to make the blood we use for transfusions as safe as possible.
Q: Can I use my own blood instead of a unit of blood?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: When can I donate blood after giving blood?
A: You can donate blood anytime.
Q: Do I need to do anything special?
A: Yes. Before you donate blood, you will need to sign an informed consent form that explains the risks and benefits of donating blood.
Q: How long does it take for blood to get to my hospital?
A: The blood will be received at your hospital within a few hours.
Q: How long will it take to donate blood at my hospital?
A: You will need to wait until you’re in our waiting room.
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