Double Red Blood Cells - LifeSource



Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body and help in the removal of carbon dioxide from our system. Red blood cells are most needed by patients after significant blood loss through trauma, surgery or anemia.

A Double Red Blood Cell (2RBC) donation is an apheresis donation at LifeSource in which whole blood is withdrawn, red cells are separated and retained, and the remainder of the blood is returned to the donor. An apheresis donation safely removes two times the red blood cells that a traditional whole blood donation provides.

Donors can donate double red blood cells every 16 weeks.

The basic qualifications for 2RBC donors are similar to those for whole blood donations. The minimum age is 18 (16 or 17 with signed parental consent form.*) For a double red blood cell procedure, men must weigh at least 130 pounds and be at least 5’1” tall; women must weigh at least 150 pounds and be at least 5’5’’ tall. The height/weight qualifications may be slightly different based on the machine used.

*Download the parental consent form in English or in Spanish. (Will open as a .pdf.)

Because there is a special process involved with donating double red blood cells, LifeSource collects double red blood cells at targeted mobile blood drives and at the following community donor centers:

Arlington Heights Naperville
Crystal Lake Norridge
Evanston Oak Lawn
Glenview Orland Park
Gurnee Schaumburg
Jefferson Park State of Illinois
Lake Bluff Villa Park
Lansing Westmont
Lincoln Park