Donating Whole Blood

Donating whole blood is quick and easy. It typically takes less than an hour from registration to chocolate milk and snacks. After collection, whole blood is processed into 3 components for use by patients. Red cells carry oxygen to organs and tissue. Platelets promote blood clotting. And plasma is the fluid that carries blood cells throughout the body, and also contains proteins that help clotting.

Where Can I Donate?

You can donate whole blood at one of our three centers located in Tacoma, Puyallup, and Federal Way. We also conduct blood drives throughout South King and Pierce Counties.

What Can I Expect When Donating?

Whether you donate at a mobile drive or at a center, your experience will involve the same steps.

The process is an ‘essential service’ and very easy and safe. Bring photo id with you. You will be registered, and fill out a questionnaire to confirm that you are eligible to donate that day. In a private Health History Rooms, one of our friendly phlebotomist will ask you a ‘mini’ physical, checking your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and iron level. You will be led to the donor floor and relax on a comfy bed for your donation. We collect about one pint of blood in a sterile bag. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy refreshments and then be on your way.

Make an Appointment

Doctor Prescribed Therapeutic Treatments

All Therapeutic treatments MUST call 1-877-24-BLOOD to speak with a receptionist for appointment availability. Please do not attempt to make an appointment online. Thank you.

We frequently receive questions about eligibility to donate blood. We have compiled answers to some of the most common questions. If you need more information or would like to discuss eligibility further, please don’t hesitate to contact a donor specialist at 1-877-24-BLOOD.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will need a signed parental permission to donate form.

You must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood.

Your blood pressure must be between 180/100 and 90/50. Most high blood pressure medications are acceptable.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Plasma can be donated every 28 days.

It is important to eat a substantial meal and drink plenty of water or juice before donating. Avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol before donating. It is also important to be well rested.

Travel to tourist areas in most parts of the world is acceptable. You may be deferred for three months if you have traveled to a malarial risk area. Ask a donor specialist for the most recent information.

You must wait 72 hours after a root canal, tooth extractions or periodontal procedure. There is no waiting period for cleanings or fillings.

There is no deferral period after a flu shot if you are symptom-free. However, other immunizations may have a two to four week deferral period.

You may donate six weeks after the end of your pregnancy, but not during.

If you have diabetes, and your condition is controlled by diet, oral medication or insulin, you may donate. For specific questions, please contact a donor specialist.

If symptom-free for at least six months, some donors with heart disease, recent heart surgery, heart attacks or CVAs are eligible to donate. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

People who have been successfully treated for some types of cancer are eligible to donate.

You are eligible to donate after receiving a tattoo if the tattoo was performed in a licensed commercial establishment in Washington state. If you do not meet those criteria, you must wait three months to donate after getting a tattoo. Professional body and ear piercings are also acceptable when performed at a licensed commercial establishment. Otherwise, these are a three month deferral.

You must be off antibiotics for 48 hours and symptom free before donating blood. Antibiotics taken in low doses for preventative treatment or acne may be okay.

Hormones, antidepressants, cholesterol, most blood pressure medications and other prescription medications are acceptable, as long as you are feeling well.

Cascade Regional Blood Services is your community blood center.

We have proudly supplied blood products to MultiCare Health System hospitals and health centers in Pierce and South King Counties since 1946. Volunteer donors supply 100 percent of the blood used at our community hospitals.

Donation Centers

Tacoma Donor Center

220 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

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

Puyallup Donor Center

13613 Meridian Ave E, Suite 120
Puyallup, WA 98373

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

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