How it works: A whole blood donation is a simple blood draw. A phlebotomist will insert a sterile needle into your arm and collect the blood in a blood bag or in tubes.
Time: A large blood draw (between 200 and 500 ml) will take about 10-15 minutes. Plan to spend 30-45 minutes in the collection center.
A small blood draw (under 200 ml) will take about 5-10 minutes. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes in the collection center.
Deferral period: After a large blood draw, you can donate again in 8 weeks. After a small blood draw, you can donate in 2-4 weeks.
Compensation: You will be compensated $25 for a small blood draw appointment and $50 for a large draw appointment.
How it works: A licensed healthcare provider will perform the procedure. You will lie on your stomach on the exam room table and a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the donation area. The bone marrow will be extracted from your iliac crest (hip) on either side. During the withdrawal of the bone marrow (called aspiration), you may feel a brief pinching sensation.
Time: The Bone Marrow appointment takes 25-30 minutes. Plan to spend 45 minutes to an hour in the collection center.
Deferral Period: After donating Bone Marrow, you can donate Whole Blood or White Blood Cells (provided you are eligible) in 4 weeks. You can donate Bone Marrow again in 16 weeks.
Compensation: You will be compensated $250 for your Bone Marrow appointment.
How it works: White blood cells are one of the four components of whole blood. A white blood cell collection procedure is called apheresis (ay-fer-ee-sis). In order to qualify for apheresis, you must have large veins in both arms. A sterile needle will be inserted into each arm. Your blood will be drawn from one arm and pass through the apheresis machine. The machine will separate the white blood cells and plasma and collect them in a bag.
The remaining components of your blood will be delivered back to you in your other arm. Because the needles remain in your arm for the entire procedure, you cannot bend your arms for the length of the donation. If you need assistance (or even need your nose scratched!) you can always ask a StemExpress staff member. We are here to help! You will have a TV with wireless headphones and cable or Netflix to pass the time.
Time: A white blood cell collection takes between three and four hours. Please be aware that if the procedure is interrupted, you cannot be reconnected to the machine, and you may not be eligible for the entire amount of the compensation.
Deferral Period: After a completed white blood cell donation, you can donate again in 4 weeks.
Compensation: You will be compensated $100 for your apheresis (white blood cell) appointment.
How it works: A mobilized white blood cell collection is a special kind of white blood cell appointment where you will receive injections of a “mobilizing agent,” a drug which boosts your body’s white blood cell production, before your apheresis appointment. If you qualify for this procedure, you will be scheduled for up to five days of G-CSF (the mobilizing agent) injections followed by a one or two-day apheresis or white blood cell collection appointment.
Your first G-CSF injection appointment will include a discussion of the procedure with a licensed healthcare professional and a small blood draw to determine your starting white blood cell count in addition to the G-CSF injection.
The following G-CSF appointments will include just a small blood draw to determine your white blood cell counts and the G-CSF injection.
Time: The first G-CSF appointment will take about an hour. The following G-CSF appointments will take approximately 30 minutes.
The white blood cell collection appointment will take between three and four hours (the same as a regular white blood cell collection).
Deferral Period: After a mobilized white blood cell collection, you can donate again in six months.*
Compensation: On the last day of G-CSF injections, you will receive $200. After each mobilized white blood cell collection, you will receive $350.
*Qualified donors are eligible to be mobilized by G-CSF twice in a lifetime. You are able to continue other donations regularly, such as small and large blood draws, after the specified deferral period.
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