A directed blood donation allows additional units of blood to be
collected for the recipient, since the blood is collected from
designated family and friends.
Directed donations require prescriptions from your physician.
The directed donation program also requires that you call the blood center and give them the patient's name, social security number, their
blood type, hospital, the date the units are needed, the number of units
requested, patient's phone number and doctor's name prior to sending in
any donors. The first donor must bring a prescription from the
attending physician with the above information and stating that their
donation is to be a directed donation. It is a state regulation that we
have a prescription in order to tag units for a specific patient.
Therefore, if we do not have the prescription, we cannot draw the units.