It’s a community-based non-profit blood center offering blood and related services across Central and Northern California, and beyond – wherever and whenever there’s need. People supporting BloodSource save plenty of lives.
The organization is always available to “give blood” in any situation; whether your loved one is undergoing surgery or a friend is fighting leukemia, they’ll come to you can count on them. But to keep their supply steady, they need regular donations from all blood groups, and since there is no artificial substitute, the demand for blood is unending.
The Blood Center requests donors to “donate what’s required today” because the amount and combination of different blood components that patients need keep changing.
BloodSource is focused on growing with their communities and offers a readily available supply of safe blood continuously. They achieve this by doing the correct thing: meeting the patients, donors, physicians and hospitals needs.
The donations are life-saving to victims of accident, cancer, surgery patients, and many others. With the generosity of blood givers across Central and Northern California, the organization is the source of almost every drop of blood supplied and used in more than 40 hospitals in the region
BloodSource takes pride in leading the way by launching the first, Voluntary Center for source plasma donations in the United States. These donations are particularly collected to develop lifesaving therapies and medicines for patients with immune deficiencies, neurological disorders, bleeding disorders and more.
Ways to donate
First, you can give blood by giving whole blood; this is the most common type of donation. Second, is giving blood component like plasma, red blood cells, and platelets through automated donations.
The frequency and eligibility for the donation of blood components vary by gender and age. But regardless of the type you settle for, each time you donate blood, you help save lives.
Basic requirements to donate blood in the Blood Center
To donate blood, you must:
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Feel healthy
- Have the minimum of 18 years old; if you are 16, you are eligible, but with your parent’s consent. There isn’t an upper age limit, so long as you are healthy.
- Bring photo identification (passport, driving license, state ID) or a BloodSource donor card.
- Be free from the flu or cold symptoms for not less than three days before donating whole blood or two weeks for source plasma.
You aren’t eligible to give blood if you:
- Are expectant, or have been expectant in the last six weeks, or want to be expectant (9-month deferral for giving source plasma).
- Had hepatitis after reaching ten years
- Are on antibiotics for infection
- Had myeloma or leukemia
- Had HIV/AIDS, you are at risk for AIDS, or have had contact (whether sexual or instrumental) with anyone or any piercing tool exposed to AIDS.
What if I’m on medications, can I still donate blood?
Before donating blood at BloodSource, you’ll be asked about the medications you’re on to establish your general health. For instance, if you’re taking drugs for heart disease or cancer, you won’t be accepted as a donor. Other medications may need that the donation is postponed temporarily, like for treating an infection or antibiotics.
Other factors that may affect your ability to give blood at the Blood Bank
If you have the following, your nurse will advise on whether or not you are eligible:
- Acne treatment
- Travel outside the US or Canada
- Malaria risk travel
- Immunization and vaccinations
- HLA antibodies
- Heart disease
- Drugs or alcohol
- Ear piercing
Will I be down after giving blood?
Only a pint of blood is taken for whole blood donations. That’s a minuscule amount considering for every 25pounds of your body weight; there are about two pints. Besides, your body regenerates blood constantly. A majority of people go back to their normal activities after the donations.
Why did the nurse at MyBloodSource take a blood sample from my finger?
Around 13% of the people who enroll for blood donations are temporarily deferred. A drop of blood is drawn from their fingertip for testing to establish their level of red blood cells.
Why does BloodSource sell blood that they get for free?
There are various costs connected to the gathering, processing, inspecting and supplying blood. The organization adds a processing fee to recover for these expenses. Maintaining a top quality supply of blood at the minimum possible cost allows every patient in need of blood to receive it.
Is the blood supply safe?
Yes. Strict measures are taken to make sure the blood is safe for patients, like private and confidential interviews of medical histories, use of volunteer donors and confidential tests on the blood including:
- Test for unanticipated red cell antibodies
- ABO and Rh typing
- Test for antibodies to HIV
- Test for subjection to viral hepatitis
- Test for Chagas disease
- Test for leukemia virus
- Test for syphilis antibodies
- NAT for HIV, hepatitis or West Nile Virus
- Test for Hepatitis B and C
Is it safe for me to give blood?
Absolutely. For every donation, each sterile, disposable needle is used once. You’ll only be subjected to your blood. Besides, it isn’t possible to catch any infections or allergies from giving blood.
Will I find out my blood type?
Yes, you will. Approximately a month after your first donation, BloodSource will send you an email with your blood donor card, which contains your blood type.
Where can I find this center?
There are numerous convenient Blood Donor centers in different parts of Central and Northern California. You can get a donor center in Davis, Auburn, Chico, Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, Granite Bay (source plasma), Merced, Folsom, Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Shasta, Yuba City, Roseville and Grass Valley.