Saddleback Memorial Blood Donation Center
The Blood Donor Center at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center serves the patients, physicians and the hospital community by providing the safest, most technologically advanced blood and blood products of the highest quality.
We adhere to the highest possible medical and technical standards, maintain licensure with the federal and state regulatory agencies, and are accredited by the American College of Pathologists. We promote and encourage blood donation by volunteer donors as a vital civic responsibility and promote the knowledge of transfusion medicine through educational programs.
Why You Should Donate Blood
- Every year more than 4 million people require life-saving blood transfusions. Blood cannot be manufactured nor purchased. The supply relies solely on the generosity of volunteer donors.
- Your blood will save lives during times of critical U.S. shortages that occur with greater frequency with each passing year.
- Every donation helps your friends and loved ones at Saddleback Memorial by providing blood during times of shortage.
How to Donate Blood
- Please call the Blood Donor Center at Saddleback Memorial to schedule an appointment.
- Donating blood is safe and easy. You must be healthy without a cold or infection.
- Each time you donate, your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be checked.
- A drop of blood will be taken from your finger to make sure you are not anemic.
- You will be asked health questions to be sure that blood can be given safely.
- Donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.
- Donors must have had no antibiotics or dental work three days prior to donation and no tattoos or body piercings in the past 12 months.
- Donors should have a healthy meal and drink fluids within four hours before donating. It is best to avoid coffee and caffeinated beverages before donating.
- Bring a PHOTO ID.