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Blood Donations

The facts of donating blood

Here are just some of the reasons why donating blood is a great idea:

Giving blood is safe

Needles and bags used to collect blood are used only once and discarded, which makes spread of infection to the donor not possible.

Donating 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 Health.

Giving blood helps your community

All blood donated stays to help the patients within Lee Health.

Questions about donating - call Lee Health Blood Center at 239-343-2333.

Your donation Serves Our community

Blood donations with Lee Health 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 — Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Rehabilitation Hospital — and patients receiving treatment at the Regional Cancer Center and Lee Health Coconut Point.

The blood used for patient care has to be continuously replenished to maintain a constant blood supply.

This means our blood centers need a total of 800 donors a week.

Blood Donations Save Lives

It’s something many of us don’t think about. Health experts say for trauma and cancer patients, blood donations save lives. That’s the case for 8-year-old Juan Carlos Frenes Lopez. “Thanks to the transfusions, he’s alive,” said Juan Carlos’ mom, Liudeibys Lopez Questa. Juan Carlos was just three years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. “His first admission at a hospital he was in the hospital almost a month because his white blood cells were so high that he couldn’t catch up. He was in isolation for a long time. He needed a lot of blood transfusions,” said Questa. After four years of chemotherapy and multiple blood transfusions, today Juan Carlos is in remission. “The blood somebody gave to the blood center saved his life,” said Questa. The blood center supplies all four hospitals at Lee Health, the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Trauma Center, and the Regional Cancer Center, and is in constant need of donors. Each month 1900 units of red blood cells and 250 platelets are given to patients. “The volunteer blood donors are the most important part of this entire process. Without a doubt, blood saves lives,” said blood center supervisor, Jeremy Puckett. Juan Carlos is living proof of that. Now, 8 years old, he hopes to one day become a doctor. But for now, he gets to feel what it’s like to be a kid. “I feel more normal than I did before because I wasn’t allowed to ride bikes so I learned how to ride my bike last year,” said Juan Carlos. He and his mother encourage others to donate blood in hopes of saving more children and patients like Juan Carlos. “Thank you for being so kind to me,” said Juan Carlos.

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.

Donate today

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 Health Blood Center nearest you.

Donor requirements

To donate blood, you must:

  • Weigh at least 115 pounds
  • 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 — cold, flu, sore throat — or being treated for an illness.
  • Recent dental surgery (no infection and off antibiotics)
  • Other blood or plasma donation within the last eight 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 medications
  • If you are on a prescription medication and it is not mentioned above, please check with the Lee Health Blood Center staff for further clarification.

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