Donation Options

LeukoLab is seeking donors for a variety of blood donation types. Please click on the donation options below to learn more and determine which options are of interest to you. You will be screened at LeukoLab to confirm donation eligibility prior to being scheduled for any donation appointments. Please be aware that you may not be eligible for all or any of the LeukoLab donations.

Types of Donations:
Bone Marrow Collection

Time: 30-40 minute appointment

Minimum Requirements: Between 18-65 years old. Weigh at least 130 lbs.

Procedure Description: Donors are positioned on their belly on an exam table with the upper buttock area uncovered. A local anesthetic is injected to numb the area. A needle is inserted through the numb area into the pelvic bone and a small bone marrow sample is extracted. Donors may experience a brief period of minimal to moderate discomfort as the bone marrow is removed. The procedure lasts about 15 minutes and is performed by a board-certified physician.

Whole Blood Collection

Time: 30 minute appointment (most often 7:30am-11am)

Minimum Requirements: At least 18 years old. Weigh between 130-350 lbs with large arm veins.

Procedure Description: This procedure removes whole blood from an arm vein and is performed by a registered nurse. An IV needle is placed in one arm and whole blood drains by gravity into a collection container. The procedure is not uncomfortable. Temporary low blood pressure is a rare side effect during this procedure.

White Blood Cell Collection

Time: 4 hour appointment

Minimum Requirements: Between 18-55 years old. Weigh between 140-350 lbs with large arm veins.

Procedure Description: This procedure is performed by a Registered Nurse. A portion of white blood cells are removed from the circulating blood stream.

A disposable, sterile kit is used for every donor. An IV needle is placed in each arm. An FDA approved apheresis machine removes blood from one arm, separates out the desired white blood cells, and returns the remaining blood to the opposite arm in a continuous cycle.

The procedure is not uncomfortable. The scientific term for the procedure is apheresis. The most common side effects are chilling or a tingling sensation during the procedure and fatigue that is usually resolved the following day. Low blood pressure is a rare side effect during this type of procedure.

White Blood Cell Collection 1/2 Collection

Time: 2 hour appointment

Minimum Requirements: Between 18-55 years old. Weigh between 140-350 lbs with large arm veins.

Procedure Description: This procedure is performed by a Registered Nurse. A portion of white blood cells are removed from the circulating blood stream.

A disposable, sterile kit is used for every donor. An IV needle is placed in each arm. An FDA approved apheresis machine removes blood from one arm, separates out the desired white blood cells, and returns the remaining blood to the opposite arm in a continuous cycle.

The procedure is not uncomfortable. The scientific term for the procedure is apheresis. The most common side effects are chilling or a tingling sensation during the procedure and fatigue that is usually resolved the following day. Low blood pressure is a rare side effect during this type of procedure.

For this procedure you may need to return in 6-12 weeks to complete the second half of this collection.

White Blood Cell Collection - Mobilized

Time: appointment times vary

Minimum Requirements: Between 18-39 years old. Weigh between 140-350 lbs with large arm veins.

Procedure Description: This procedure is performed by a Registered Nurse. It is exactly like the procedure described above except that a drug is used to increase the number of white blood cells circulating in the blood stream. This drug is a white blood cell growth factor called G-CSF (Neupogen, FDA approved) and is injected into fatty tissue of the arm on the days leading up to the collection. People taking this drug may experience some degree of body ache or headache as a side effect of the medication. Discomfort resolves about a day after the medication is discontinued.

Donation Options:
Mobilized 1-Day Collection
o Requires a physical exam, 3 days of FDA approved "Neupogen" or "Mozobil" injections followed by 1 day of collection and a blood test 2 weeks after the donation.
Mobilized 2-Day Collection
o Requires a physical exam, 5 days of FDA approved "Neupogen" or "Mozobil" injections followed by 2 consecutive days of collection and a blood test 2 weeks after the donation.
Other Mobilized donation
options may be available. Please inquire if interested.