Every day in Hawai‘i, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their survival. Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims and chemotherapy patients, and mothers and newborns during delivery.
Because each donation is separated into three different components—red blood cells, platelets and plasma—a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
The donation process is safe and usually takes about an hour. A confidential interview and a mini-physical are administered, but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.
In Hawai‘i, only 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed.
Blood donors must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank parent/legal guardian consent form), weigh 110 pounds or more, bring a valid photo ID with date of birth.