Automated Blood Donation is a Life-Saving Connection

Every 2.5 Seconds Someone Needs Blood,

Yet less than 5% of the Population Donates Blood
This isn’t enough…
That’s why we need your help.

To meet the ever-increasing need for blood, we at Community Blood Services are introducing our new LifeCycles program. This program will help to optimize each of your blood donations

The Benefits of Automated Blood Donation
The patients benefit most because they are receiving your life-saving blood. Automated donations ensure that the blood components patients need come from fewer donors, which decreases the likelihood of transfusion reactions that can occur from multiple donor products
The Automated Donation Process
During your donation, blood is drawn from one arm and channeled through a sterile, single-use tubing set to an automated system. The automated system separates and collects the most needed components and then safely returns the remaining blood components back to you
A Safe Procedure
Donor safety is our top priority. Automated collections are very safe. The process uses a disposable, sterile, single-use needle and tubing set. Also, the automated system is designed specifically to customize the products collected from you to assure you do not give too much blood.
How the Program Works
By knowing daily patient needs and using automated blood collection technologies, we are able to tailor your blood donation to local demands. When customizing your donation we consider factors like your blood type and how many times per year you donate.
How Your Automated Donation Helps Patients
Platelets are essential for blood clotting. They are routinely needed to support cancer therapy, open-heart surgery, blood disorders and organ transplants. Platelets must be transfused within 5 days, requiring the supply to be constantly replenished. Donors can give platelets up to 24 times per year.
Red Blood Cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. They are most needed after significant blood loss through surgery or anemia. Donors can donate red blood cells up to 4 times per year. O negative is the universal red cell donor.
Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood containing critical clotting factors. Plasma is used to treat patients with certain bleeding disorders and for plasma exchanges. Plasma can be given every 30 days. AB is the universal plasma donor.
The Difference Between Whole Blood and Automated Donations
When you donate whole blood, the unit is separated into its three main components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Surprisingly, it takes the combined efforts of six whole blood donors to produce ONLY ONE unit of transfusable platelets.
Automated blood donations are the most efficient since you, as ONE person making ONE donation, can give full transfusable units of those components most needed by patients.
How Your Automated Blood Donation Helps:

A bone marrow recipient

An automobile accident victim
needs up to 20 units of red blood cells needs up to 50 units of red blood cells
and 120 units of platelets.  
A sickle cell anemia patient A cancer patient
needs up to 14 units of red blood cells per needs up to 8 units of platelets per week.
A heart surgery patient An organ transplant recipient
needs up to 6 units of red blood cells needs 40 units of blood cells, 30 units of
and 6 units of platelets platelets and 25 units of plasma.
To be a part of our life-saving team,
or to schedule an appointment,
please call 201-251-3733.

My name is Valeria.

In March of 1996, I discovered a lump in my breast. Following surgery, I received chemotherapy, radiation treatments and a stem cell transplant that required many blood and platelet transfusions. I am grateful to all of the people who donated their life-saving blood and platelets. Because of them, I am able to enjoy life with my family. As an activist for breast cancer awareness, I urge everyone to donate blood or platelets. Patients in our area battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases need your help.

LifeCycles Collection Staff