What happens to my blood?
As soon as it’s collected, your blood works to save lives.
Within hours of donation, your blood is taken quickly to our lab for comprehensive testing and processing. Whole blood is processed and separated into its three component parts—red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Apheresis collections of platelets, red cells and plasma are tested and readied for use by patients. Usually within 24 hours, your blood is available in local hospitals.
The final step is transfusion to patients in need. Your blood donation could be used in trauma care for people in accidents, or in surgeries and organ transplants. It might be needed by people receiving treatment for cancer, bleeding disorders, blood diseases or immune system condition. Your donation can save lives and makes the community a better place in so many ways.
Bloodworks is your local source for blood, and you are helping to support more than 90 Northwest hospitals.