What is a Power Red donation?
A power red donation is a donation of red blood cells without the plasma. Your blood is extracted, then the red blood are extracted, cells are isolated, and your plasma and platelets are returned to you. A power red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells. This donation type takes approximately 30 minutes longer, and you can donate every four months. People with type O, A negative, and B negative blood can make a Power Red donation. A donor can make a power red donation every 112 days, up to 3 times/year. Male donors must be at least 17 years old in most states, at least 5'1" tall and weigh at least 130 lbs. Female donors must be at least 19 years old, at least 5'5" tall and weigh at least 150 lbs.