TYPES OF DONATIONS

Cascade Regional Blood Services needs 100 blood donations per day in order to maintain a safe and healthy blood supply. Not all blood donations are the same, and often times we have an increased need for one type over another.

WHOLE BLOOD DONATIONS

Whole blood is the blood that flows through our veins. It contains red cells, platelets, and plasma.  Whole blood donations are the most common type of donations. During this donation process a pint of blood is collected from the donor, then sent to the lab where it undergoes extensive testing, is separated into components including red cells and plasma, and prepared for distribution to one of our hospitals for a patient in need. There is a constant need for whole blood donations as it helps patients with cancer, blood disorders, traumatic injuries, and more.

A whole blood donation can take up to one hour from beginning to end and the actual donation only takes 10-15 minutes. You can donate whole blood every 56 days!

AUTOMATED DONATIONS

Apheresis is an automated blood donation process in which donors can give red cells, platelets, or plasma. Learn more >>

BABY BLOOD PROGRAM

Baby blood donors provide whole blood and platelets for specific patients, frequently on very short notice. Over 170 pediatric heart surgeries and other special procedures are conducted annually at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. If you are interested in becoming a baby blood donor please call one of our Donor Schedulers at 253-383-2553 

THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES

In addition to collecting blood to supply to our community hospitals, CRBS has a staff of highly-trained nurses who perform in-hospital therapeutic procedures that require the removal—and sometimes replacement—of a patient’s whole blood, plasma, or platelets. These procedures treat a range of conditions, from removing dangerous excesses of iron or platelets, to replacing diseased red blood cells or pathogens in the plasma. To make a Therapeutic phlebotomy appointment please call 253-383-2553, do not schedule this appointment online.

SICKLE CELL

Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition where abnormal sticky, rigid red blood cells shaped like sickles or crescents get stuck in blood vessels, preventing normal blood flow. Normal red blood cells survive for 3 to 4 months, with the body always making new ones. Sickle cells however only survive about 10 to 20 days, and the body may have trouble keeping up with how fast the cells are destroyed. This can cause severe pain and lead over time to many other issues and complications.  Learn more >>

BONE MARROW DRIVES

Cascade Regional Blood Services partners with Be the Match National Marrow Donor Program to facilitate joining the registry for those who wish to become bone marrow donors. For more information about how you can host a bone marrow drive or join the registry go to www.bethematch.org or email marketing@crbs.net

WHAT HAPPENS TO BLOOD AFTER DONATION

STEP ONE

After your unit of blood is collected-along with sample tubes for testing-your blood donation is transported to our component laboratory.


STEP TWO

Whole blood donations are spun or centrifuged to separate the red cells from the plasma. Red cells are filtered to remove leukocytes (white cells) and then the red cells and plasma are divided into separate units for transfusion.


STEP THREE

A combination of pre-donation screening and rigorous testing ensures the safety of blood supplied by Cascade Regional Blood Services. Each donation of blood is tested for:

    • Verification of your blood type and your positive or negative Rh factor.
    • CMV (Cytomegalovirus)
    • HBV (Hepatitis B Virus)
    • HCV (Hepatitis C Virus)
    • HIV-1, HIV-2  (the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS)
    • HTLV (Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus)
    • Syphilis
    • RBC Antibody Screen – Detects unexpected red cell antibodies that the donor may have formed in response to an earlier exposure to blood, through either transfusion or pregnancy
    • WNV (West Nile Virus)
    • Sickle cell trait (performed on donors enrolling in the sickle cell program)
    • Chagas Disease
    • ZIKA Virus

No blood is released for transfusion without passing the required tests. Although it is rare to find donated blood that may transmit infection, those units of blood that are reactive for viral markers are not released for transfusion and the person who made the donation is notified.


STEP FOUR

After your blood has been divided, passed all tests, and been properly typed and labeled, it is stored in large refrigerators and freezers at CRBS. It is now ready for distribution to hospitals.

The blood components are carefully packed in special temperature-controlled containers and then transported to our partner hospitals.


STEP FIVE

The final step in your donated blood’s journey is when the right type of donation you have made reaches the right patient-typically within 10 days.

Donation Centers


Tacoma Donor Center

220 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-383-2553

Monday: 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Federal Way Donor Center

909 South 336th St, Ste B-102
Federal Way, WA 98003
Calling from King County: 253-945-7974
Calling from Pierce County: 253-815-7740

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Puyallup Donor Center

615 East Pioneer Ave, Ste 114
Puyallup, WA 98372
253-841-4236

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 7am to 5pm
Saturday: 7:30am to 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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