Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center

Types of Blood Donations

The Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center collects two types of donations: whole blood and platelets.

Whole Blood Donation*

Whole blood donation is the most common type of donation. After collection, whole blood is separated into red blood cells and plasma that can be used for a variety of surgical procedures and other therapies. By making a whole blood donation, you will be helping at least two patients in need. The entire process takes about 45 minutes and includes an interview and the donation itself which only takes approximately 10 minutes.

A donor can give a unit of whole blood six times per year — every 56 days.

Schedule a Whole Blood Donation
Select a Date & Time

Platelet Donation*

The second type of donation that can be made is a platelet donation. This type of donation is collected by a process known as apheresis, a special kind of donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets, plasma, or red blood cells. Platelets are tiny cell fragments in the blood that play an important role in helping blood clot. This type of donation frequently helps two different patients. Platelets are used for treatment of patients at risk of bleeding. They are used for trauma and burn patients, cardiopulmonary bypass patients, bone marrow transplant patients and cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy. Platelets are often utilized in urgent care situations which can be life–threatening.

A donor can give platelets more often than whole blood – up to 24 times per year.

Schedule a Platelet Donation

Walk-In Appointments Available

Walk-ins will be accommodated as open appointment slots allow. If you have any questions, please call 215-614-0406.

*Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.