Call the Blood Donor Service at (551) 996-4818 or (551) 996-4819

The Blood Bank and Blood Donor Service perform the testing, collecting, and banking of autologous and directed blood donations, as well  as general donations and platelets.   Autologous blood donation is usually done within one month of a planned surgical operation, where the patient donates 1-2 units of  his/her own blood BEFORE the surgery, and then may be transfused with his/her own, banked blood if transfusion is required.  In directed donation, a friend or relative donates blood that may be reserved for the patient, if that donor and recipient  are compatible.

Less than 5 percent of healthy Americans who are eligible to donate blood actually donate each year. Accident victims, people undergoing surgery and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia all utilize blood. It is imperative that  a supply of all blood types and blood components be available at all times so that patients in need can receive the transfusions that they require as quickly and safely as possible. It is only through regular donations from volunteer donors that we can maintain our blood supply, and give the gift of life to those patients in need.



To be eligible to donate blood, you must meet the following criteria:


. Be at least 17 years of age (or 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian)

. Weigh at least 110 pounds

. Be in general good health

. Have not had any body-piercing, tattoos, acupuncture, or electrolysis in the     

  previous year (unless performed in a licensed facility in the State of New Jersey)

. Have no history of heart, lung or liver disease

. Have no history of hepatitis or certain types of cancer

. Have not donated whole blood within eight weeks before donating again




What is the most common blood type?


The approximate distribution of blood types in the United States is as follows. Distribution may differ for specific ethnic and racial groups.


O Rh-positive             38%                            B Rh-positive             9%

O Rh-negative            7%                             B Rh-negative            2%     

A Rh-positive             34%                            AB Rh-positive          3%

A Rh-negative            6%                             AB Rh-negative         1%


 What tests are performed on donated blood?

 After donor blood is drawn, it is tested for ABO group (blood type) and Rh type (positive or negative). It is also tested for any unexpected red blood cell antibodies that may cause problems in the recipient. Blood is also screened for the following:

  •     Hepatitis B surface antigen
  •      Hepatitis B core antibody
  •      Hepatitis C virus antibody
  •     HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody
  •      HTLV-I and HTLV-II antibody
  •     Syphilis serology
  •     Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing
  •     Chagas Disease
  •     West Nile Virus

How much blood is donated each year? How much blood is transfused? (National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey for 2009)

 About 17.2 million units of whole blood are donated each year in the United States. Each unit of blood, referred to as whole blood, is separated into multiple components, such as red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each component is generally transfused to a different individual..

 Approximately 40,000 units of red blood cells are needed per day in the United States. More than 23 million units of blood and blood components are transfused every year.


When are blood donors needed most?

 Blood donors are needed throughout the year, however, they are needed the most during the winter and summer holidays when donations decrease but demand remains the same or increases.

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