Why MD Anderson needs blood donors
Coronavirus Precautions: Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only to help control donor flow and manage the amount of individuals in one room. We must also be cautious about accepting donors who may have traveled from high case load areas. Therefore, anyone who has traveled internationally in the past 14 days will not be able to donate.
It is safe to donate blood during this time. COVID-19 is not a bloodborne disease. It’s a respiratory virus, and there has been no evidence that COVID-19 could be transmitted or contracted through a blood donation or a blood transfusion. Your blood donation will help ensure an adequate blood supply for our patients during this critical time.
The MD Anderson Blood Bank is seeking plasma donations from those who’ve recently recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. These so-called convalescent plasma donations may be used by MD Anderson to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Learn about donating convalescent plasma.
The MD Anderson Cancer Center Blood Bank is a leader in the field of transfusion medicine. Since the early 1960s, our blood bank has served the needs of cancer patients, donors and the community by providing exceptional blood services. Our milestones range from pioneering the invention of the blood cell separator, the transfusion of white blood cells into patients with low blood cell counts to prevent infection and the transfusion of platelets into patients to prevent bleeding, which is now the standard of therapy worldwide.
MD Anderson cancer patients require approximately 200 units of red blood cells and 600 units of platelets every day.
This is why donors are the most important part of the process. As new treatments are developed and new technologies discovered, the need for blood donations has never been greater. Giving blood and platelets provides hope for cancer patients who depend on the support of their family and friends and on the generosity of donors just like you.
Our vision is to continue on the cutting edge of technology; with highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment.
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Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson
Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only.