Types of Blood Donation
At Huntington Hospital, we offer a variety of blood donation services,
including whole blood donation and directed donation (donating blood to
a specific person). Learn more below.
If you have additional questions, please refer to our
Frequently Asked Questions or call 626-397-5422.
Whole Blood Donation
By making a whole blood donation at Huntington Hospital you will not only
save lives but help the hospital maintain an adequate blood supply for
the community. Blood has a limited shelf life and the hospital uses more
than 17,000 blood products annually. Every unit counts - including yours!
- You must be in general good health.
Must be 16 years of age or older, and 16 year-olds must have a written
parental consent form only.
- You must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
People over the age of 75 may donate at the Donor Center with a written
note from their
primary care physician.
- Diabetics may donate if diabetes is controlled with diet or medication.
Diabetics taking insulin may donate as long as they are in good control
and they have never taken bovine insulin.
- Aspirin is acceptable if the donor is not donating platelets.
- Cancer: May donate after treatment of basal cell skin cancer, squamous
cell skin cancer, and cervical dysplasia or carcinoma in-situ of the cervix.
Donors with a history of a solid organ or non-hematologic malignancy may
donate 1 year after completion of treatment provided they have remained
symptom free without relapse.
- Donors with high blood pressure may donate if pressure is controlled with
Temporary Whole Blood Deferral
We ask that you defer, or reschedule your whole blood donation in the following cases:
- Cold or flu - must be symptom free for 48 hours
- Antibiotics - medication must be completed for at least 48 hours and donor
must be symptom free
- Shots/Inoculations - call the Donor Center for further information
- Pregnancy - At least six weeks after vaginal delivery
- Tattoo - 2 week waiting period if tattoo was applied by a state-regulated
entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused.
- Blood Transfusion - must wait 12 months
- Travel - Please inform the nurse if you have been out of the country in
the past three years. Several countries (e.g., India, parts of Mexico
and countries in South American) have temporary deferrals.
- For further information, speak with staff in the donor center or call 626-397-5422.
Indefinite Travel Deferral
- United Kingdom - three months cumulative time in the UK from 1980 to 1996
- Europe - five years cumulative time in Europe from 1980 to present
Please inform your nurse if you were a member of the US Military,
or a civilian military employee or dependent
Permanent Whole Blood Deferral
Unfortunately we cannot accept blood donations in these cases:
- HIV infection
- Jaundice - after the age of 10
Other Donation Types
Directed donation allows a patient to select particular donors, such as
family members or friends, for anticipated transfusion needs. The selected
donor agrees to voluntarily provide blood for use by the patient during
his or her procedure. Because of increased processing time, directed donations
must be made three or more working days prior to anticipated use.
To make an appointment, please call
Autologous donation allows patients to have their own blood drawn and stored
for an anticipated use, such as elective surgery. The procedure requires
a physician's order, but other restrictions, such as weight or age limitations,
are less stringent than those for community blood donation.