Whole blood cells

Whole Blood Donation

Time: Approximately 30 minutes.

Special Restrictions: Donor must meet all physical examination and donor history requirements.

Time between donations: 8 weeks 

A typical whole blood donation will remove approximately one pint of blood from the donor. Unlike a pheresis donation, the different components of blood (red cells, plasma, platelets) are removed but are not separated.

Adult males have about 12 pints of blood circulating while adult females have about 9 pints. Your body can replenish the fluid lost from donation in about 24 hours.

The red blood cells that are depleted via donation are replaced by the body in a few weeks. The shelf life of a whole blood unit is 42 days.