Donating Whole Blood
Who Can Donate Whole Blood?Anyone who is in good health, weighs at least 110 pounds, is at least 18 years old (or 16 years old with a signed parental permission slip) and meets the screening requirements may donate whole blood every 56 days.
Questions About EligibilitySome health conditions, travel locations or behaviors may temporarily or permanently prevent a person from donating blood. For more information on donor qualifications, click here. If you have a question regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please contact ARUP Blood Services at (801) 584-5272 and ask to speak to a technician or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Donors OnlyARUP Blood Services relies solely on volunteer donors to supply its blood. Community volunteers have proven to be the safest source for blood that is used for transfusions. Therefore, to ensure the safety of our blood recipients, ARUP Blood Services does not pay for any of its blood donations. This helps eliminate motivation for donors to be less than honest during the screening process.
You may be familiar with people being paid for plasma donations at a plasma center. This blood is not used in patient transfusions. It is used as a raw material to make some pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Blood used directly in patient transfusions must be given on a volunteer basis.
The Process: What to Expect as a First-time DonorDonating blood is a quick, step-by-step process that takes less than an hour.