Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Blood and Hemotherapy Center is the sole facilitator of all blood drives on campus. All blood and platelets collected from donors is solely used for patients at UI Health.
Common Misconceptions and Fears About Donating
"I MIGHT CATCH A DISEASE."
A new, sterile needle is used for each donor and then immediately disposed of properly. It is not possible to catch AIDS or any infectious diseases by donating blood.
"IT MIGHT HURT WHEN THEY DRAW THE BLOOD."
The actual drawing causes no pain. You might feel a slight pinch when the needle is inserted, but that’s all.
"I’M ON MEDICATION."
Many medications, including allergy medicines, vitamins, aspirins, birth control and blood pressure pills, do not affect your eligibility as a blood donor. Be sure to tell the medical interviewer what medications you are taking or have recently taken.
A trained technician will test a drop of your blood before you donate. If you are anemic you will not be permitted to donate that day. However, anemia is not usually a permanent condition. Just because you have been deferred or told that you were anemic does not necessarily mean that you cannot give blood later.
"THEY’LL TAKE TOO MUCH BLOOD AND I’LL FEEL WEAK."
If you weigh at least 110 lbs., you may safely donate blood. Only one pint is taken-no more. You have about two pints of blood for every 25 pounds of body weight, and your body makes new blood constantly. After giving blood most people can resume their normal activities. Every year, your heart pumps 2,625,000 pints of blood. Surely, you can spare a few.
“MY BLOOD TYPE IS SO COMMON, YOU PROBABLY DON’T NEED IT.”
Not true. Some blood types are more common than others, but the rarest type of blood is the type that is not available when needed. Since whole blood and blood components must be transfused within a few weeks, we rely on regular donations of all blood types throughout the year.
“OTHER PEOPLE MUST BE GIVING ENOUGH BLOOD.”
We need to collect between 65-70 units of blood each day to meet the daily demand at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the demand is rising! Less than 5 percent of the U.S. population donates blood and 60 percent are eligible to donate. Ninety percent of us will need blood or blood products by the time we reach 75 years of age. Consequently, the lives of many depend on the generosity of a few.
“I’M TOO BUSY.”
Is your life worth a half an hour of someone’s time? Is someone else’s life worth a half an hour of your time? Think about it.
The main donor center located on the ground floor of the UI Hospital at 1740 W. Taylor Street
Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Walk-ins are always welcome.
Appointments are greatly appreciated. (312.996.6970)
Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
By appointment only. (312.996.6970)
Wellness Center (Rm. 238) in Student Center East
Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
No appointment needed.
WE VALIDATE PARKING FOR ALL DONORS
ALL PLATELET DONATIONS REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT. (312.996.6970)
The last platelet donation of each day will be scheduled no later than 3:00 p.m.