There are a variety of ways for you to donate, depending on your blood type and preference. Whole blood donation is the traditional way to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors can also make an apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) donation and donate just platelets, red cells, or plasma at centers and select blood drives. Apheresis donation takes between 1.5 – 2 hours and may have additional requirements. Red cells deliver oxygen, platelets control bleeding and plasma transports blood cells. At this time you can only schedule whole blood donations through the app. If you are interested in booking an apheresis donation, please contact us at 800-398-7888 or visit BloodworksNW.org.