Blood Donor Services invites you to give the gift of life by donating blood. Apple Hill Medical Center is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. A donation of blood received here stays within the central Pennsylvania area to be used by patients who have an emergency or who have surgery, cancer, or some other condition where they need blood.
Blood Donation Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to donate blood?
Anyone in good health who is 17 years of age or older weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate. They must however pass the interview and mini-physical. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. If you are 16 years of age, you may donate blood if a parent or guardian provides written permission.
Why should I donate blood?
The need for blood never ends and there is no substitute. Our only source for blood is from generous volunteers willing to share their good health with others. Most importantly, donating blood saves lives.
How often can I give blood?
A healthy individual may donate blood every eight weeks (56 days).
Does it hurt to donate blood?
The donor may feel a little sting when the needle is inserted, but there should be no pain during the donation. Most first time donors say, "There was nothing to it, I don't know why I was so afraid."
How will I feel after I donate?
Most people feel great, especially knowing that they may have just saved a life. Donors who eat regular meals and drink plenty of fluids before and after their donation usually feel fine.
How long will it take for my body to replenish the blood I will give?
Your body will replace the fluids lost during donation within 24 to 48 hours and will replenish the red blood cells lost within 5 to 6 weeks. This makes it perfectly safe to donate blood every eight weeks.
What is plateletpheresis?
Plateletpheresis is the donation of a particular part of blood which is essential for blood clotting called platelets. Whole blood is removed from one of the donor's arms, platelets are extracted through a machine, and the rest of the donor's blood is returned through the same vein. This process takes approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Some patients undergoing treatment for cancer and leukemia and those with severe bleeding problems need platelet transfusions to prevent or stop bleeding.