There are four primary types of blood
and blood component donations you can make.

Your own blood type helps determine the ideal blood donation process for you.

Whole Blood Donation

At Heartland Blood Centers, we say that whole blood donors save lives “by the power of three” because a whole blood donation can be broken into three components – red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.

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Whole Blood Donation

Double Red Cell Donation

Red cells are the most frequently needed component for blood transfusions. Red cell apheresis is a technology that allows Heartland Blood Centers to separate red cells from other blood components during a donor blood draw.

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Double Red Cell Donation

Platelet Donation

Similar to red cell donations, platelet donation is a technology that allows Heartland Blood Centers to separate platelets from a donor’s blood during the draw.

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Platelet Donation

Plasma Donation

Plasma donation is the rarest blood donation type because AB donors make up just four percent of the population. AB plasma is universal, meaning it can be used in any patient, regardless of their blood type.

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Plasma Donation