LifeShare Blood Drives
Bradley County Medical Center is a proud partner of LifeShare Blood Centers. Together, we work to provide our community the opportunity to donate lifesaving blood products. To learn more about LifeShare and the blood donation process, CLICK HERE.
Why Should You Donate Blood?Someone will need blood every two seconds and just one donation can save up to three lives. With all the wonderful advances in modern medicine, there is no manufactured substitute for human blood. It must be provided by volunteer blood donors in the community. One in three people need blood in their lifetime. If you don't need blood, it's almost certain that someone close to you will.
Who Receives Your Blood?Red cells are used in the treatment of surgery, trauma, cancer and severe anemia patients. Plasma is used in the treatment of burn and trauma patients. Platelets are used in the treatment of transplant and chemotherapy patients. For more information on patients' blood usage, view the LifeShare chart below.
How Long Does it Take to Donate?The entire donation process takes less than 60 minutes (automated donations may take longer). This time includes the interview before the donation where LifeShare determine your eligibility by asking questions about your health, travel and medications you are taking. They will perform a mini-physical by taking your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and a small blood sample to check your iron level (these are available for you to see on LifeShare's donor portal).
The actual donation takes 10-15 minutes. For your safety, you will be asked to sit for at least 15 minutes following donation while snacking on a refreshment and sipping on a beverage that we are happy to provide.
You may resume normal activity after donating. However, avoid strenuous physical activity or lifting heavy objects for a few hours. Be sure to increase your water intake and eat well at your next meal. Smokers should refrain from smoking 30 minutes after donating.
Can You Schedule An Appointment?Yes! We're happy to schedule an appointment to help reduce your wait time.
Why Choose LifeShare?After you donate with LifeShare, you will be able to review your blood type, cholesterol, blood pressure and other health information on their DONOR PORTAL.
If you want to donate but are unable to make it to one of our drives, don't worry, LifeShare has other options for donation. CLICK HERE to find another drive.