Frequently Asked Questions
Does WKRBC pay donors for giving blood?
The Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center is fully committed to remaining a volunteer donor supported organization and does not pay for blood donations. Additionally, FDA regulations do not permit compensation for blood that is used for transfusion purposes as studies have shown that volunteer donors provide a safer blood supply.
What is the procedure for donating blood?
Each donor is first asked questions regarding their medical history. A mini-physical is then performed recording temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hematocrit. After passing this screening process, the individual will donate, taking approximately 5-10 minutes. Upon completion of donating blood, the donor will be asked to sit for a few minutes and enjoy a refreshment. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes.
What happens after donation?
All blood collected is typed and tested by laboratory technologists at the Blood Center on Old Hartford Road. After testing the blood is distributed to the area hospitals supplied by Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center. Those hospitals include Breckinridge Memorial Hospital, Caldwell County Hospital, Crittenden Health System, Jennie Stuart Medical Center – Hopkinsville, Ohio County Hospital, Owensboro Medical Health System.
Each donor receives a donor identification card providing a unique donor ID Number.. Your organizations Blood Drive Chair will receive a letter with the Blood Drive results and a list of participants.
Are the health and history questions necessary every time?
To ensure the safest blood supply, all screening questions must be asked of all donors at each donation. The FDA requires that all blood centers conform to this practice.
How much blood do I have in my body?
As a general rule, you have between 8 to 12 pints, depending on the individual.
How can I increase my iron level?
Donors may be deferred from donating due to a low iron (hematocrit) level. This requirement is for the safety of the donor to ensure that after donation the donor’s iron level will still be within the normal range for a healthy adult. A deferral for low hematocrit does not mean the donor is anemic as hematocrit levels can fluctuate daily. Eating food high in iron (e.g. red meat, dark green vegetables, raisins) or taking a multi-vitamin with iron may help increase iron levels.