Giving Blood Before Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado
Your surgeon will tell you if your child may need extra blood during the operation; we have a full-service blood donor center to provide whatever your child may need. However, parents and friends are encouraged to donate blood—it’s a great way to support your child, and it helps maintain the supply of blood for all the children in the hospital.
Directed donations are made by people known to the patient or parents. These should be made at least three days before the operation so that all testing may be completed in time.
Autologous Blood Donation (self donation)
Autologous (self) donations are an option for some patients. Donations are made in advance of the operation by the patient and the blood is then stored until it’s needed. Contact Children's Hospital Colorado Blood Donor Center at (720) 777-1234 for more information or to schedule an appointment.