How do I find a blood drive near me?
Please visit Find a Blood Drive, for a current list of blood drive dates and locations. To minimize contact with others, all donations are by appointment only. Please register your appointment online within the individual donation page events.
What are the eligibility guidelines for donating blood?
To determine if you’re eligible to give blood, we’ll:
- Conduct an interview with you about your health, medicines, and travel.
- Ask questions to see if you’re at risk for hepatitis, HIV, or AIDS.
- Take your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse.
- Check your hemoglobin to make sure you’re not anemic.
- Make sure you are at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds.
- You should feel well and be able to perform normal activities.
- If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, you must be receiving treatment and have your condition under control.
How long does it take to give blood?
If you have scheduled an appointment with us, you should be done in approximately 35-40 minutes from the time you sign in to the time you enjoy a light refreshment before departing. The actual blood-draw process takes only about 10 minutes.
How much blood is taken?
We collect a pint-sized bag of blood from each donor, plus several small test tubes for screening. Your body usually replaces these fluids within 24 to 48 hours of donating. Every pint of blood donated to Cape Cod Healthcare stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of friends, neighbors, and family.
How will I feel after giving blood?
After giving blood, most donors feel fine. We recommend that you don’t overexert yourself with too much activity the day you donate.
How often can I give blood?
Most healthy adults can donate whole blood every 56 days.
If I have traveled outside the United States, can I still donate blood?
If you have visited a region of the world where malaria is a risk, you should not donate blood until you have been back home for at least 3 months. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by bites from a certain type of mosquito. Please contact the blood center at 508-86BLOOD (508-862-5663) for up-to-date information on at-risk countries.
Can I get a disease from donating?
At Cape Cod Healthcare, we take careful steps to ensure the blood-donation process is safe for our donors and for the patients who receive donated blood.
For every donor, we use a new, sterile, disposable needle — so there is no risk of contracting an infectious disease by giving blood to us.
Do donors get paid for giving blood?
No. Cape Cod Healthcare only accepts blood donations from volunteers in alignment with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Volunteer blood donations are the only sources of blood transfusions for patients at our hospitals.