What happens to my blood after I donate?

As soon as it’s collected, your blood is on its way to save lives.

Within hours of donation, your blood is taken to our lab for complete testing and processing. Whole blood is processed and separated into separate component parts—red blood cells and plasma. Apheresis collections of platelets and red cells are tested and prepared for use. Your blood or platelets are available to local hospitals typically within 48 hours.

The final step is transfusion to patients in need at one of our local hospitals. 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 right in our community. Every drop stays local. Every drop stays in Western New York.

Make your next appointment to donate blood, access your profile, and see your donation history at ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org.