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What Happens After Donating Blood? Follow the Blood Map

See what happens AFTER you give blood.

Ever wonder what happens after donating blood? Well let’s Follow the Blood Map !

Anytime anyone donates a unit of blood it goes through rigorous testing to make sure its safe for someone to receive it.

Jermaine Williams, the Hospital Services Manager at Lifeshare on Linwood Road in Shreveport says after a donor donates blood,

  1. LifeShare workers brings your donation to their component prep area for processing.
  2. The blood is separated into specific components used for transfusion.
  3. Then A leukoreduction and cryoreduction process takes place.
  4. The leukoreduction process takes place when a unit of blood is filtered out and white blood cells are removed  and a red pack is left which is sent to area hospitals.
  5. The cryoreduction process happens next. This is where a plasma product is used as a clotting factor.

It’s important to note that Cryoreduction doesn’t happen on every unit.


What’s Now?

Benjamin Prijatel, the Executive Director of Blood Operations says

“Samples are taken from every donated bag of blood, and sent to an Atlanta facility for testing. Meanwhile, your blood donations are  separated into components, the plasma is pulled off, it’s held upside down,  it’s leukoreduced. About 24 hours later, the whole process is done, the blood is ready to go and the blood is shipped to local hospitals. Within 48 hours, a blood donation has already saved someone’s life.”

Blood donations are sent out to hundred’s of LifeShare’s partnered hospitals and medical facilities across the Ark-La-Tex including Camden, Magnolia and El Dorado as well as Monroe, Beaumont and Lake Charles. Now you know what happens after donating blood.

Blood Supplies are Low 

Donations right now are critically low! Here’s why you need to donate right now!

“Everyday hospitals give us their order of what they need, but every single day LifeShare facilities do not have enough blood to fulfill hospital’s needs.”

“You would donate blood in a second if it was for a spouse or a child but we don’t know what tomorrow brings. It maybe you or your child or your spouse that needs blood tomorrow. It’s the blood on the shelf today, that saves lives today. That means your blood would have to have already been donated, tested, manufactured and separated and delivered to a hospital. If you have a loved one that needs blood, at any given moment there’s nothing you can do. “


Donate regularly to ensure enough blood is on the shelf for a stranger, neighbor, family member or loved one to help them in a future emergency.

What are you waiting for, go donate blood today!

Afterwards, grab a bite to eat for doing a good deed!