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Give Something Priceless — Donate Blood

Did You Know?

  • One out of every three of us will receive a blood transfusion in our lifetime.
  • There is no substitute for human blood — it comes from people like you.
  • Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
  • It takes three to five days after blood is donated and tested before it is available for transfusion. 
  • Blood is a perishable product and its four components must be used promptly:
  • Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days maximum.
  • Platelets must be used within five days.
  • Plasma can be frozen, but only for a maximum one year.
  • White cells must be used within 24 hours.
  • Although blood utilization in Southern California is high, only about two percent of our population donates on a regular basis. Sadly, this lack of participation means that close to half of the blood used throughout California must be imported from other states.
  • An adult of average weight has about 10 to 12 pints of blood and a newborn baby only has approximately one cup in his or her body.
  • You cannot catch any contagious diseases by donating blood. Giving blood never places the donor at risk for getting AIDS or hepatitis. The sterile collection kits (needles, tubing, bags, etc.) used for blood donations are used only once and then discarded after the donor's procedure. Blood donation is completely safe.
  • You can donate blood at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday through Saturday.  For location, hours and other information, go to or call (310) 423-5346.
  • Your organization can make donating blood easier — Sponsor a blood drive through Cedars-Sinai at your location or at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.