The Atlanta area is rich in culture and southern charm, and the blood banks are no different. Atlanta has a series of small blood banks that are not affiliated with a larger organization, which adds to the small appeal.
Life South Community Blood Centers
4891 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, Ga 30338
Donate: You can donate whole blood, blood plasma and blood platelets.
What are the components of whole blood?
Plasma: the fluid portion of blood contains water, albumin, hormones and clotting factors.
Red Cells: these cells carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues in the body and return carbon dioxide to the lungs
White Cells: vital for protecting against disease and infections
Platelets: Small plate-shaped cells that cluster together to help form blood clots when bleeding occurs , without these you could not stop bleeding.
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday 9-7
Pay per donation: They do not offer any money; instead they offer gifts, like a hat, bag or t-shirt.
How often can you donate: When donating blood & plasma done together, you can donate every 56 days. If you are only donating platelets, you can only donate every 28 days.
Tests: They do a brief medial screen taking vitals temperature, pulse and blood pressure, as well as iron levels.
Time it takes to donate: Blood 20 minutes to half hour Platelets 1 to 2 hours
Up front costs to donor: None
Advantages: They feel they have a better staff than any other location in the city, and since in used to be better staff used to be an old hospital, it has lots of color.