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Patients who are scheduled for elective surgery and are medically eligible, may be able to give their own blood for self-use. Giving blood for your own use is called an autologous donation.
What is an autologous donation?
Patients planning elective surgery requiring blood transfusion may be able to donate blood for themselves prior to surgery. Giving and receiving your own blood is a way to reduce the risks of contracting an infectious disease or developing other complications that sometimes occur when you receive blood from a volunteer donor.
Donor criteria for an autologous donation:
- Donor must be at least 17 years old—donors under age 17 require parental consent and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
- Proper photo identification is required to be allowed to donate (e.g school ID with picture and full name, driver’s license and other government-issued ID)
- Weigh at least 110lbs. for normal volume
- Minimum volume is 10 mls per kg of body weight
- Must meet minimum HGB levels of 11.0 g/dL.
How do I know I will receive my own blood?
We use a unique system of identification and tagging of the units of blood with patient name, name of surgery and the name of the hospital. This ensures that we have provided the best assurance that you will receive your own blood.
Call the Central Blood Bank Special Donations Department at 412-209-7020 to schedule an appointment (or appointments) to donate; patients will donate one unit at a time. Central Blood Bank recommends waiting seven days between donations.