During a Double Red Cell donation, blood is drawn from one arm and channeled through a sterile, single-use collection set to an automated machine. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to the donor through the same arm. The process is safe, comfortable, and only takes about 30 minutes longer than a single-unit whole blood donation.
Eligibility requirements for Double Red Cell donation are different from single-unit red blood cell donation requirements. Ask a representative from the Red Cross blood region in your area if you’re eligible to give a Double Red Cell donation.