Donors with type O-negative blood are ideal candidates for a Power Red donation because they are the universal donor, meaning any hospital patient can receive Type O-Negative blood.
What is a Power Red donation? In a traditional blood donation, donors give whole blood—which consists of red cells, plasma and platelets. With the automated process called Power Red, donors can give two units of red blood cells.
During a Power Red donation, whole blood is collected from one arm and goes into a machine called a “cell separator.” The machine separates the components and collects a measured amount of red blood cells into a special bag. Then the other components are mixed with a saline solution and returned to the donor.
A Power Red donation takes a little bit longer than a whole blood donation – approximately one hour and 15 minutes, including interview and refreshments. There is a 112-day deferral period between Power Red donations, and donors are eligible to give only three Power Red donations per year.
Criteria. A Power Red donation is available only to donors who meet certain height/weight criteria.(See graphic.)
Red Cell Impact. Oxygen-rich red blood cells are most often used for surgery or trauma patients. Donors who donate just their red blood cells through a Power Red donation can double the amount of red blood cells donated at one time.
Benefits of Power Red. There are some special benefits to Power Red donations:
- The saline solution leaves you more hydrated after donating
- The process uses a smaller needle
- Your Hero in Me rewards points are tripled
Make a Power Red Appointment Today!
- To donate at a United Blood Services Donor Center: call us at 1-877-UBS-HERO (827-4376),
- Or, to donate at your organization’s next blood drive, contact your blood drive coordinator.
O-negative Red Cells Change Lives. Meet Dean, a special patient who needs type O-negative red cells because of a rare blood disorder. (Click on the photo to read his full story.)
Dean and his mother Twila tell the story of why he needed blood transfusions. Schedule your appointment with United Blood Services/Arizona to donate blood. Type O-negative donors are always in need. Find the Hero in You.