Children's Hospital Colorado

Donating Blood at Children's Hospital Colorado

Note: As of July 10, complimentary COVID-19 antibody testing is available with every successful blood donation of any type. One test is available per person.

Safely donate blood and platelets during the coronavirus pandemic

Our Blood Donor Center needs your help. We are asking our community to help us ensure we can continue to meet the transfusion needs of our patients. 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.

Colorado's evolving coronavirus safety guidelines allow community members to leave home to provide lifesaving blood donations.

Keeping donors safe is our top priority

We're proactively taking precautions to prevent exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) such as: 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 Children’s Colorado 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 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 about apheresis donations 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. If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, please call us at 720-777-5398 to review your eligibility. Our team will ask the following questions to make sure it’s safe for you to donate:

  • Have you traveled out of the U.S. (excluding Canada) in the past 3 months?
  • Have you received a tattoo and/or piercing in the last 3 months?
  • Are you currently taking antibiotics for an active infection?
  • Do you weigh less than 110 pounds?
  • Are you under 17 years old?
  • Do you currently feel unwell?

If you answer “no” to these questions, you are likely eligible to donate blood. 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. 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.–6:15 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Platelet donation appointments are available:

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m.–6:15 p.m.
  • Friday from 6:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets

Make an appointment today by calling 720-777-5398. You can email questions to donate4kids@childrenscolorado.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.

Children's Colorado in the news

Colorado Public Radio

Convalescent plasma proves to be promising COVID-19 treatment

mayo 7, 2020

Dr. Kyle Annen explains how convalescent plasma is used as a treatment for COVID-19 and why some donors choose to give back in this way.

ABC News

First facility in Colorado to collect life-saving convalescent plasma

abril 2, 2020

Under Dr. Kyle Annen’s leadership, we were the third facility in the nation to collect antibody-rich plasma in order to help our adult hospital partners battle COVID-19.

Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™ Raises $1.35 Million for Children’s Colorado

marzo 5, 2019

Alice 105.9 Cares for Kids Radiothon™ raised $1.35 million for Children’s Colorado, a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network®. The two-day Radiothon was broadcast event featured stories of hope and healing.