Safely donate blood and platelets during the coronavirus pandemic
Our Blood Donor Center needs your help to ensure we can continue to meet the transfusion needs of our patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're able to donate blood or platelets, please call 720-777-5398 to be screened over the phone and to schedule an appointment.
Keeping donors safe is our top priority
We're proactively taking precautions to prevent exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including disinfecting all shared surfaces in between donors, screening all donors and technicians, spacing chairs 6 feet apart and providing food sealed in individual packages. Learn about the many measures we have in place to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
Give blood at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Every year at Children's Hospital Colorado, sick and injured kids receive more than 8,000 units of lifesaving blood products. About 95% of that blood comes from our Blood Donor Center, thanks to generous people in our community.
Donating blood doesn’t take long or cost money, but it makes a big difference. Your donation gives kids a better chance for a healthy life.
Learn what to expect when donating blood.
How blood donation helps kids at Children’s Colorado
Without blood donations, many critically needed procedures at our hospital would be impossible. Our specialists perform blood transfusions in many departments across our hospital, including our:
Without our donors, we’d need to purchase blood from outside donor centers. Your blood donation helps us meet our children’s needs at the lowest cost possible.
Many volunteers donate blood regularly, but we can run short during a crisis or when caring for kids with special medical needs. Your donation helps maintain a steady, readily available supply of blood products, so every child gets the treatment they need.
Types of blood donations we accept
The rarest blood type is one that isn’t available when a child needs it. We need donors who represent all four blood types: O, A, B and AB. We gratefully accept these types of blood donations:
- Whole blood donations: Providing red cells and plasma
- Apheresis platelet donations: Providing platelets, plasma or red blood cells (learn more below)
- Autologous blood donations: Donations a patient provides for their own use later
- Directed blood donations: Donations we accept for patients with an extremely rare blood type who can only accept blood from family members. These donations must be approved by a transfusion medicine physician.
Am I eligible to donate blood?
Many people don’t realize they’re eligible to donate blood. Our team will ask the following questions to make sure it’s safe for you to donate:
- In the past 3 months, have you traveled out of the U.S. or Canada?
- Have you received a tattoo and/or piercing in the last 3 months?
- Are you currently taking antibiotics?
- Have you received a shingles shot in the last 4 weeks?
- Do you weigh less than 110 pounds?
- Are you under 18 years old?
- Are you a healthcare worker?
- Have you received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Are you currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or feeling unwell?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, please call 720-777-5398 to review your eligibility.
Can I give blood if I have had COVID-19?
In many cases, yes. There are several additional requirements for giving blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will ask you to defer your donation if you have COVID-19, live with someone who does, or have recently been vaccinated:
- If you have COVID-19: Wait 28 days after your last day of symptoms.
- If someone you live with has COVID-19: Wait 14 days after their symptoms resolve.
- If you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna): Wait 1 day after your vaccination.
- If you receive another COVID-19 vaccine: Wait 14 days after your vaccination.
Healthcare workers are eligible to donate as long as you have consistently worn personal protective equipment. If you have questions, please call us to discuss your eligibility.
And remember, even if you’re unable to donate blood for transfusion, you may qualify to donate blood for research programs at Children’s Colorado.
Apheresis platelet donations
Platelets help your body control the bleeding process so your blood can clot properly. Chemotherapy and radiation can destroy platelets. Kids who have cancer, leukemia or blood disorders, or who receive a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, need platelet transfusions to fight infection and heal safely.
Healthy people can donate platelets during a procedure called apheresis. During apheresis, a machine separates your blood into components. We keep what we need and return the rest to you.
You can donate platelets every two weeks; donation takes about two hours. We provide movies, WiFi and refreshments while you donate.
Blood Donor Center hours and location
The Blood Donor Center is located at our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, on the first floor of the Administrative Pavilion. We’re open:
- Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
- Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Platelet donation appointments are available:
- Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
- Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets
Please make an appointment to give blood today by calling 720-777-5398. You can email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physician referral for autologous blood donations
If you’re a doctor making a referral for autologous blood donation, please complete this form and fax it to the Blood Donor Center at 720-777-7255. You may also e-mail the form to Donate4Kids@childrenscolorado.org. Please contact us with any questions.