Even though donors do not receive any material reward when giving blood, they feel a great sense of achievement given that they are contributing to saving lives.
You can give blood every 56 days, which is six times per year.
A whole blood donation takes about 10 minutes. The entire process takes about an hour.
The whole blood donation is then processed into its various blood components, which encourages the transfusion of products that correspond to patients’ specific needs.
You can make a whole blood donation at:
For any question concerning blood donation, you can call Donor Services.
Plasma by apheresis
You can donate plasma by apheresis once every six days, which is up to 52 times a year.
How is plasma collected?
Why collect pure plasma samples?
How long does the plasma donation take?
Where can I donate plasma by apheresis?
Platelets by apheresis
You can donate platelets once every 14 days, up to 24 times a year.
How are platelets collected?
It takes five whole blood donations to obtain the same quantity of platelets gathered in a single donation by apheresis!
Why choose to donate platelets by apheresis?
What is the process of donating platelets by apheresis?
During the collection, the blood donor’s blood flows through the tubing into the apheresis instrument. Through centrifugation, the apheresis instrument extracts only the donor’s platelets which are collected in a sterile bag. The rest of the blood flows back through the tubing to the donor.
This is a sterile procedure, and the disposable materials are only used once before being discarded.
For your ultimate comfort, the donation by apheresis is carried out under the constant supervision of a professional nurse.
Where can I donate platelets by apheresis?
We share a common interest with Quebecers in maintaining the collective blood supply at an appropriate level. More than 3,000 blood drives are organized every year for this purpose. Donors contribute to the collective blood supply for all patients in Québec requiring a transfusion. This type of donation, made for an unknown patient, is known as an allogeneic donation.
In special circumstances, donors have the choice of banking their own blood for their own personal use. This is known as an autologous donation. A patient who is expecting to undergo surgery in the near future can have their own blood drawn and banked until the transfusion takes place.
Autologous donations are not permitted when the likelihood of transfusion is low.
Before the donation, the attending physician must evaluate the patient’s state of health in order to ensure that they can give blood. The autologous donor must also meet Héma-Québec’s general eligibility requirements.
As many as four autologous donations can be made in four weeks, up to three days before the scheduled surgery.
The autologous donations are collected at our GLOBULE Blood Donor Centres.
The blood collected must undergo the standard battery of screening tests (see donation qualification) before being declared safe for use.
If the patient-donor does not use the autologous donation, it will be disposed of since no one else can use it.
A directed donation is blood drawn from a donor selected by a patient who must undergo surgery. This type of donation is made primarily by one of the patient’s relatives.
Several studies have shown that directed donations are not any safer than allogeneic donations. However, when a patient’s attending physician recommends a directed donation, we provide this service in the interest of reducing the psychological stress involved in anticipation of an operation and a transfusion.