Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center
Donating Blood for Yourself (Autologous)
Your own blood is the safest for you. If you are planning elective or non-emergency surgery and are healthy enough to donate blood, you may be able to donate your blood for your own use. This is called an autologous (au-tol'-o-gous) donation.
If you and your physician agree that autologous donation is appropriate for you:
Please call the Blood Center, or one of the other donation sites to schedule your autologous donation appointment(s), keeping in mind the following:
U.P. Regional Blood Center Donation Sites
When you arrive at the Blood Center for your donation appointment, you will need to answer questions about your health. Your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be taken and your hemoglobin level checked.
If you are able to donate, a technician will clean the skin on your arm with an antiseptic and will use a new, sterile needle to take about one pint of blood from a vein in your arm. You cannot get AIDS or any infectious disease by donating blood. The needle will be discarded when you are finished donating. Afterward, rest and enjoy a light refreshment.
Your blood will be tagged with your name and identification number. Once your unit of blood is received by the hospital or transfusion facility, that facility is responsible for its transfusion.
MGH Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center maintains and follows medical-technical standards that meet or exceed American Association of Blood Bank (AABB) standards and federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Marquette General Hospital, 427 W. College Ave., Marquette MI 49855