Blood Donations ALWAYS Needed

Article Source:  Vitalant web site

Blood is ALWAYS Needed!


The Bay Area Blood Bank (Blood Centers of the Pacific) recently joined additional blood banks under the new name Vitalant.


This editor has been donating blood multiple times a year for many years and invites readers to consider donating and/or becoming an ongoing donator.


Visit our website ( for more information regarding donating blood, as well as medication and travel restrictions. 


Learn more ( about medication and travel restrictions to prepare you for the questionnaire.

We offer free cholesterol testing every time you donate so remember to check your results seven days after your donation. In addition, we post two years’ worth of wellness information, such as your blood pressure, pulse rate and hemoglobin, so you can track this information from one donation to the next or from one year to the next.


Please bring a photo ID and your donor card to your appointment (if this is your first time donating with Vitalant, please make sure to bring a photo ID). Eat a low fat meal and make sure you drink plenty of liquids prior to your donation.  


If you are donating platelets, please do not take aspirin (or any medication containing aspirin) within 48 hours prior to your donation.

Donating platelets takes blood out and separates the needed components and then returns the unneeded components back to the donor.  This process takes longer.  See below:


If you have been told previously by Vitalant or another blood center that you should never donate blood, please disregard this message.


If you recently made a blood donation, or if you have already scheduled an appointment to donate blood, please accept our thanks on behalf of the patients whose lives you may have touched.



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San Francisco, CA 94118

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