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Directed Donations

If you are interested in having friends or family donate for your upcoming procedure, the process is as follows:

Your physician must first:

  • Schedule your surgery date. 
  • Complete and sign an Autologous and Directed Donation Order Form.
  • Fax the signed form to the Orange Blood Donor Center at 714-456-8758.

Then you must:

  • After your surgery date has been scheduled and your doctor's order completed and faxed to the Orange donor center, you may schedule your donation appointment by calling 714-456-5433. Please keep in mind that the donor center is only open on Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. We do not accept directed donors at our Irvine donor center. Directed donations are by appointment only.
  • Your donors should allow one hour for your appointment.

Frequently asked questions

What is a directed donation?

Patients who may need a transfusion can ask a friend or relative to donate specifically for them. These donors are called directed donors. Their donation is reserved for the intended patient, provided it is “compatible.” If the directed donor is not compatible, and therefore not safe for the patient, the directed donation will be made available for another patient. In this way, directed donations also help ensure that there is an adequate blood supply for all our patients.

How do I know who would be a good candidate to donate blood for me?

  • Have the same or compatible blood type
  • In good health, weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • No tattoos or piercings in the past 12 months
  • No travel to malaria endemic countries in the past 12 months
  • No history of anemia

Does a patient need directed donations?

The decision to use directed donations in place of volunteer community donations should be made after discussing the patient’s blood requirements with his or her physician. The UC Irvine Blood Center will meet the patient’s transfusion needs whether or not he or she chooses to have directed donors. The UC Irvine Blood Donor Center routinely stocks blood products collected from volunteer community donors.

Are there extra charges for directed donor blood?

No, there are no additional charges to the patient or the donor for directed donations if the blood donation is collected and processed at UCI.

How safe are directed donor blood products?

While directed donations are sometimes perceived to be safer than volunteer community donations, there is no current scientific information that suggests this is true. Blood products from both directed and community donors are screened and tested in exactly the same way for diseases that can be transmitted by blood, including but not limited to different kinds of hepatitis, HIV, HTLV-I/II and syphilis.
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