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Frequently Asked Questions about Blood Donation

Is the Blood Donor Center accredited?

The UMass Memorial Blood Donor Center is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, the College of American Pathologists, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoetic Cell Therapy for stem cell collection, and the American Association of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics for donor typing. The Blood Donor Center is registered and inspected for blood donation by the Food and Drug Administration.

Is donating blood safe?

Yes, donating blood is safe. The blood bags and needles are sterile, and are only used to collect one person's blood. The needles are disposed of according to regulations.

What happens during my appointment?

Our staff explains the donation process to make sure donors are fully aware of what will happen. A staff member is close by during the entire donation process. Once the donation is completed, we give the attention and information needed to get donors on with the rest of the day as quickly as possible.

How can I help?

The best way to help is to be a donor. The generosity and willingness to donate blood or platelets on a regular basis helps to ensure the availability of blood products to a growing number of our patients.

Please note: Latex Balloons No Longer Allowed at Medical Center

Due to allergic reactions to latex and the possible choking hazard for our pediatric patients, these balloons are no longer allowed. Mylar balloons are acceptable to bring into the hospital.