Double Red Cells
What are double red cells?
Whole blood is made up of three basic components; red cells, plasma, and platelets. Double red cells are two units of only red cells.
How are double red cells collected?
Through a single sterile needle some of your whole blood is removed and passed through a cell separator. The whole blood is separated into red bloods cells and plasma/platelets. The red cells are then drawn into collection bags while the cell separator returns the plasma/platelet product and saline solution to the donor. The saline solution provides volume replacement to replace the volume of blood lost by the donor.
Am I eligible to donate double red cells?
|Minimum weight||130 lbs||150 lbs|
|Iron level||40% or 13.3||40% or 13.3|
Why donate double red cells?
- For approximately 45 minutes you are able to donate two products in one visit.
- Better product for the patient as it reduces patient transfusion risk by reducing the number of donor exposures.
- 112 day deferral time between donations results in fewer phone calls and/or emails asking you to donate.
- Longer deferral time between donations means less donations per year resulting in fewer trips to the Blood Donor Center saving you time and gas.
- Lower total blood volume loss because you receive plasma/platelet and saline solution back. You leave more hydrated!
- Smaller needle
How do I prepare?
On the day of donation:
- Make sure you are well hydrated.
- Make sure you eat a meal prior to donating.
- Bring a photo ID with you.