Directed Donation Program

Donations made from donors selected by you are called directed donations.

  • Your blood type must be known in order to participate in the program.
  • The patient must have a written request from his/her surgeon/physician for directed donations.
  • Directed units are specially tagged to ensure that you receive the blood.
  • Donors must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must have identification with their name and signature on it.
  • If you are a woman of child-bearing age, you should not ask your partner to donate for you.
  • To ensure the confidentiality of all donors, information regarding a failure of a unit of blood to meet specific requirements cannot be reported to the physician or to you. Donors will be notified directly of test results that pose a potential health problem.
  • Directed donations cannot be made in an emergency. A minimum of 5 to 7 working days is required to process and test the donated blood.
  • If all the directed donations are not used in your surgery/transfusion, the blood remaining will be available to treat other patients.
All directed donations are by appointment only. Please call the Blood Center at (201) 444-3900, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and ask for the Special Donor Services Department.
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