Whole blood is the most flexible type of donation. It can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets.
During a Power Red donation, you give a concentrated dose of red cells, the part of your blood used every day for those needing transfusions as part of their care. This type of donation uses an automated process that separates your red blood cells from the other blood components, and then safely and comfortably returns your plasma and platelets to you.
Who it helps
: Red cells from a Power Red donation are typically given to trauma patients, newborns and emergency transfusions during birth, people with sickle cell anemia, and anyone suffering blood loss.
The Red Cross tends to aim for 1 pint or less which is 473mL. They usually take 350-400
I use these 600mL bags and I always go for 2/3rd full. (400) You really don't wanna fill it all the way full. You also want to drink a ton of water the rest of the day and avoid alcohol, caffeine and exercise, including do not go to the gym. I nearly blew a vein in my arm from doing an arm workout an hour after donating so LOL, don't do it. Wasn't fun.
The thing that sucks is this brand is a 16-18gauge needle. It literally is a dart. I prefer a smaller gauge needle but those bags can be tricky to find for purchase.
Needle-free sampling port. Pre-attached 16 gauge venipuncture needle with safety device.