Your Donation Serves Our Community
Blood Donations with Lee Memorial Blood Center remain in our four acute care hospitals--Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital, which houses the only Trauma Center within a five--county radius. Blood also benefits patients at our specialty hospitals--The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and The Rehabilitation Hospital--and patients receiving treatment at the Regional Cancer Center.
The blood used for patient care has to be continuously replenished in order to maintain a constant blood supply. This means our blood centers need a total of 800 donors a week.
Depending upon the reason for your doctor's visit, this checklist can help you prepare.
Health Benefits of Donating
Did you know that every time you donate blood, you receive a mini-physical at no cost. At our blood centers, you will be checked for the following:
- Pulse rate
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- Hemoglobin level
- Blood type and cholesterol level upon successful donation.
Helping More Than One Person
Just a single pint of blood can help save the lives of several people. Your donation can be separated into its different components; the platelets may go to a child with leukemia, the plasma to a patient with a clotting problem and the red blood cells to an accident victim.
Help ensure that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, your family and others in our community.
Call 239-343-2333 for the location of the Lee Memorial Blood Center nearest you.
To donate blood you must:
- Weigh at least 115 lbs.
- Be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent
- Provide photo ID, if new donor
Reasons You May Be Deferred From Donating
There are several reasons a potential donor is deferred from donating, including:
- Currently ill - colds, flu, sore throat - and/or being treated for an illness.
- Recent dental surgery ( no infection and off antibiotics)
- Other blood or plasma donation within the last 8 weeks
- History of hepatitis
- Positive HIV test
There are many medications that you can take and still be allowed to donate, including:
- Blood pressure medications - provided that your B/P is within normal limits
- Cholesterol medications
- Aspirin, Tylenol or similar medication
If you are on a prescription medication and it is not mentioned above, please check with the Lee Memorial Blood Center staff for further clarification.
The Facts of Donating Blood
Here are just some of the reasons why donating blood is a great idea.
- Giving Blood is Safe.
- Donating blood is a safe process. Needles and bags used to collect blood are used only once and discarded, which makes spread of infection to the donor not possible.
- Giving Blood is Easy.
- Following registration, you will answer simple medical history questions and receive a mini-physical. You will then be seated in a comfortable chair, while you donate.
- Giving Blood is Fast.
- The entire life-saving process takes approximately 45 minutes. The actual donation time is only 5-10 minutes.
- Giving Blood Saves Lives.
- Whole blood donations are processed into a variety of blood components. Each donation can save the life of a person - with leukemia, cancer, anemia and those undergoing surgery for illness or injury. Your donation will help ensure an adequate supply for both children and adults who are patients within Lee Memorial Health System.
- Giving Blood Helps Your Community.
- All blood donated stays to help the patients within Lee Memorial Health System.
Questions about donating - call Lee Memorial Blood Center at 239-343-2333.