Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center

Donor Facts and Criteria

  • 9 out of 10 people need blood at some time.
  • 1 out of every 10 hospital patients needs a blood transfusion.
  • 1 donation at the Center can save up to 2 lives.
  • Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania uses over 60,000 blood components every year. Shortages of certain blood types are common. HUP physicians and staff depend on the generosity of blood donors in order to care for the patients.
  • Whether giving whole blood, platelets or plasma, special care and concern is given to the donor. Highly–skilled Penn Medicine health care professionals perform the procedures.
  • Most blood donors feel normal following a donation.
  • After donating, drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as lifting, pushing, or picking up heavy objects for at least 4 to 5 hours after giving blood. Aerobic activity should be limited for the remainder of the day of donation. Most donors can resume normal aerobic activities the day following their donation.

Help our patients. Give blood.