The Blood Connection is required by law to collect parental consent forms from all 16 year old donors.
Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. On average, 45 units of blood are used for a trauma-related injury. One unit of blood can help save up to three lives. Giving blood is a good thing to do for your community.
What makes an ideal donor?
- General good health
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- At least 16 years of age (with written parental consent)
- Satisfied by a meal
Does The Blood Connection require both 16 and 17 year olds to have parental consent?
The Blood Connection is required by law to collect parental consent forms from all 16 year old donors. 17 year olds are not required to have consent.
How can I obtain a parental consent form?
Parental consent forms are available at each of The Blood Connection donation centers or can be downloaded by clicking here.
What defers a blood donor?
- Suffering from a cold, sore throat, cough or fever
- A blood transfusion in the last year, unless it was with your own blood
- Recent surgery
- Hepatitis after the age of eleven
- An active cold sore
What can a teen expect when donating blood?
The complete donation process will take about 45 minutes.
- First, a donor registration form will be completed.
- Then one of TBC’s staff will take donor blood pressure, test hemoglobin and yes or no questions regarding donor medical history.
- The actual donation will only take five to ten minutes. During this process the donor will be asked to squeeze a ball to keep blood flowing.
- Refreshments will be provided while briefly resting after donating.
Once I donate, how long will it take my body to replenish the blood?
The body replaces plasma in 48 hours. It will take four to eight weeks for the body to replace the red blood cells that are donated.
After I donate, what happens to my blood?
Each donation is tested to detect various diseases including: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and the West Nile Virus. If there are any abnormal results the donor will be notified. In the case of a 16 year old donor, parents will also be notified. At The Blood Connection lab, the unit of blood will be processed into components of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
How long will my blood last?
Red blood cells can be stored for 42 days, and platelets can be stored for 5 days. Plasma can be frozen and stored for a year.
How often can I donate blood?
A whole blood donation can be made every 56 days or eight weeks.