Be Your Own Donor

Patients undergoing elective surgery may wish to donate one or more units of their own (autologous) blood prior to the anticipated date of surgery.

What is autotransfusion?
Auto transfusion is the process by which patients become their own blood donors.

How do I donate my own blood?
A doctor's order is required to donate your own blood. Your doctor will indicate how many autologous units should be donated. Preferably, the blood should be donated at least three days prior to surgery. Each unit is available for 35 days after donation. Several units may be collected if you begin weeks before your planned surgery.

Arrangements for long-term storage can be made; however, additional charges will be involved.

Why should I donate my own blood?
Receiving your own blood is the safest means for a patient and reduces the risk of transfusion- transmitted diseases.

Are there any risks involved in donating my own blood?
If you have certain conditions such as cardiac or cerebrovascular disease, there are increased risks involved in donating your own blood. Your doctor can determine if you qualify. Blood testing has dramatically improved blood safety, reducing the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.

How can I give blood for someone else?
If you wish to direct your donation to a specific patient, such as a family member, you will need to complete the form designed for this purpose. The patient must authorize donation by completing a Designated Donor Request . Blood is reserved for two weeks, and blood must be donated 48 working hours before use. A fee will be charged to the patient's account.

Blood Donation Forms