We encourage people to donate to their local hospitals since there are continually shortages.
To donate to UCLA: http://gotblood.ucla.edu/
To donate to Cedars Sinai: http://www.csmc.edu/1756.html
To donate to Children's Hospital, L.A.: http://www.childrenshospitalla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.3579263/k.951D/Donate_Blood.htm
Live elsewhere? Give blood locally for people in your area that need it: www.givelife.org
For Platelet-pheresis donors only: Do not take any ibuprofen, aspirin or non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication 36 hours before your donation.
Please call for an evaluation if you:
Or if you have had any of the following:
We still encourage blood and platelet donations in Los Angeles, even though Dylan does not need them.
There are huge shortages and you WILL save lives with your donation.
Some Quick Facts about donating blood
The children in the hospital require 2,000 units of blood and blood components each month for the various lifesaving treatments they undergo. This translates to 700 donors per month.
Nearly 90% of the blood transfused at comes from our donor center. Rarely is enough blood donated to cover patient use.
Anyone at least 17 years of age and weighing at least 110 pounds can donate blood.
Nearly 50% of the American population can donate blood, yet less than 5% choose to do so.
Type 0 Negative, the universal donor, is frequently transfused to infants. Only 7% of the population have 0 negative blood.
You can donate every 56 days or eight weeks.
Donating a unit of blood takes only 45 minutes; the actual blood collection takes 4 to 10 minutes.
Platelets, the blood component necessary for clotting, are the most used component by bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy patients.
The platelet apheresis process, in which platelets are removed and red cells are returned, takes about two hours, but it yields a larger volume of platelets than a single whole blood donation.