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A decision to donate your blood can save lives. Donating blood is a simple, meaningful way to give back and to help support our patients.
A safe blood supply saves lives and improves health. A constant supply of blood is necessary for the life-saving treatments needed by many patients here at the University of Chicago Medicine.
There is a constant need for regular blood donation because blood products can only be stored for a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.
Transfusion of blood and blood products is necessary to support complex medical, obstetrical and surgical procedures. Transfusion can also help some patients with anemia live longer and with a higher quality of life.
We will try to accommodate your needs and get you through the donation process as quickly and easily as possible.
Your blood is just beginning its journey. Your donation will be transported to the Blood Bank where it will undergo a variety of tests to ensure it is safe for donation and used for compatible patients.
The UChicago Medicine Blood Donation Center also offers therapeutic phlebotomy, which can help control high iron levels for patients predisposed to iron overload by hemochromatosis or transfusion.
At our Blood Donation Center, you can even donate specifically to a family member or friend. Just provide the recipient's name to our staff. If the recipient needs blood and your blood is compatible, your blood donation will be used for that individual.
You can also bank your own blood at the blood donation center to be used during a scheduled surgery.