The vast majority of Tennessee's population is eligible to donate blood.
Donating blood is safe. Sterile, disposable needles and supplies are used once and are safely discarded after each donation.
With multiple community donor centers and many mobile blood drives occurring daily, chances are good Lifeblood is close by.
Lifeblood encourages you to schedule an appointment to make the best use of donor and staff time, donation equipment and resources. We do our best to accommodate everyone and will accept walk-in donors without an appointment as quickly as possible.
It takes about an hour from arrival to post-donation refreshments and snacks. The donation itself only takes about 10 minutes. Complete your Fast Track Health History online the day you donate and save up to 20 minutes.
Every 56 days, up to six times per year.
As a non-profit, Lifeblood relies exclusively on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to support the community blood supply and does not pay for blood donations. Studies have shown that volunteer donors provide a safer blood supply. Additionally, the FDA regulates the labeling of blood products for transfusion purposes to indicate whether the product came from a volunteer or a paid donor.
Unlike Lifeblood, for-profit paid plasma collection centers give people monetary compensation for their blood components. The FDA does not allow these paid blood collections to be used for human transfusion by hospitals. Plasma collected at these centers are pooled with thousands of other units to manufacture medications, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. The blood and blood components (such as platelets and plasma) that Lifeblood collects from voluntary donors are for the community blood supply and are transfusable for patients in need.
The need for blood is constant and Lifeblood needs hundreds of donors each week to meet the needs of our community. All blood types are needed, including the most common blood types.
Following your donation, your lifesaving gift is typed, tested, processed, stored and distributed to patients in need across this region.
Lifeblood provides a majority of the mid-South region's blood supply and distributes blood to approximately 25 hospitals and healthcare facilities where it is used in a variety of medical treatments. Your single blood donation can save and enhance the lives of up to three patients.
When we can, we will lend a helping hand to patients in other communities. However, because Memphis is the eighth largest medical center in the United States and hosts the second busiest trauma center in the nation, the need for blood is constant. Unfortunately, over one-third of our blood supply is currently being imported from other volunteer blood centers throughout the country. Our goal is to eliminate the dependence on other communities. Through neighborhood donor centers and a full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood makes it easy and convenient to donate blood throughout the year.