Be a hero. Donate blood
Your donation ensures that when blood is needed, blood is available.
A blood donor is an extraordinary person. Blood donations are an essential part of treatment for patients with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions.
By becoming a blood donor, you can make a huge contribution to critically ill patients with special transfusion needs.
What to expect when giving blood
The blood donation process is quick and easy. You can expect to:
- Check-in with the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center staff
- Fill out a Donor History Questionnaire
- Have a mini health check-up. We’ll take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. We’ll also prick your finger to do a hemoglobin test, which measures a protein in your blood
- Sit in a comfortable chair while you donate a pint of blood. This step takes about 10 minutes
- Enjoy a snack and drink before you leave
That’s it! The entire blood donation process takes about an hour. Donating platelets will take approximately two to three hours.
After its collection, whole blood is separated into its component parts – red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitated AHF (antihemophilic factor) – and used in separate transfusions to help save lives.
Platelets is the part of the blood that aids in clotting and is important for emergencies. It helps patients with cancer, leukemia, transplants and blood disorders. In a process called apheresis, whole blood is drawn, selected component parts are separated out, and the rest of the blood is safely returned to the donor. Since platelet donations can take up to two hours, donors sit in ergonomically designed contoured chairs, and have the opportunity to enjoy streaming television options. Learn more about donating platelets.