Continental Blood Components

Continental Blood Components
1300 Northwest 36th St.
Miami, FL 33142
305-634-9728

What is donated:
You can donate whole blood at this location that is then separated into different components.

What are the different types of whole blood donations?

Whole blood– the most common way of saving lives (used by the Red Cross and most hospitals). Each whole blood unit can generate up to four components: red cells, platelets, plasma and white cells.
Aheresis machines can separate blood into components.

A whole blood donation can use the aheresis machine and gather a needed component, or a combination of components (such as platelets or plasma), and return the unneeded components back to the donor. The donor blood remains inside sterile, disposable containers so there is never any risk of cross contamination. Whole blood is drawn from the donor’s arm and channeled through the apheresis machine that separates and collects only the needed component. .

Hours open:
Monday Thursday: 7:30-4
Friday 7:30-1

Pay per donation:
They pay $15.00 per whole blood donation.

Frequency of donation:
You can donate whole blood every 8 weeks.

Test prior to donating:
They check blood iron levels and do a vital check- temperature, blood pressure and pulse before each donation.

Length of time for donation:
It takes bout 1 hr for each donation.

Upfront cost for donor:
none

History of center:
They have been open for 34 yrs.

Advantages:
You actually get paid for a whole blood donation.

Disadvantages: none noted

Uniqueness:
This facility is open and honest about what they do the blood that gets donated. They separate components of the whole blood and sell plasma, platelets and white cells to manufacturers.

Interstate Blood Bank of FL

Interstate Blood Bank of Florida Inc.
7790 Northwest 7th Ave.
Miami, FL 33150
305-691-0130

What is donated: They take whole blood at this facility.

Hours open:
Monday -Friday 8-4:30

Pay per donation:
For normal blood donations they give $15.00, and if you have a special type of blood they pay $25 – $50 per donation.

There are different types of blood, and the percentages vary according to ethic population. The approximate distribution of blood types in the US population is as follows: O (RH +) 38%,O (RH–) 7%, A (RH +) 34%, A (RH –) 6%, B (RH +) 9%, B (RH -) 2%, AB (RH +) 3%, and AB (RH -) 1%.

If there is an emergency, anyone can receive type O red blood cells, and type AB people can get red blood cells from any ABO type. So, people with type O blood are universal donors and type AB blood is a universal recipients. Also, People with AB blood can give plasma to all blood types.

Frequency of donation:
Because they are taking whole blood you can only donate once every 8 weeks.

Test prior to donating:
According to the center, they have tests in order to give blood, but I imagine that they do basic vitals like- temperature, blood pressure and pulse before taking blood. Then after the blood is taken there are tests run on the blood.

Length of time for donation:
Each donation takes about 15 minutes, but this depends upon how well the blood is flowing.

Upfront cost for donor:
none

History of center:
Open for 30 years

Advantages:
The center is located in the neighborhood of most of their donors, so it is convenient.

Community Blood Centers of South Florida

Community Blood Centers of South Florida, Inc, (CBCSF) is a non-profit blood collection agency. Each year, CBCSF collects over 160,000 pints of blood and blood products for use in local hospitals.

They operate 18 donor centers, 10 in the greater Miami area, and have 27 bloodmobiles travel throughout the community.

Community Blood Centers
1440 Northwest 14th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 549-7214
Hours:
Monday- 10 -6
Tuesday- 12- 8pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday-Friday 7AM – 3pm
Saturday 7AM- 1pm

Miami Children’s Hospital
3196 SW 62nd Ave
Miami, FL
305.677.6503
Hours:
Monday 1 pm- 9pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 4:30
Wednesday 12 – 8:30pm
Friday 10AM-6pm
Saturday 7 AM- 3pm

The Miami Heart Institute
4701 Meridian Ave
Suite 2
(305) 604-2818
Hours:
Monday 11 Am- 8pm
Tuesday 12- 7pm
Wednesday 9am- 5pm
Thursday 7am-3pm
Friday 8am-4pm

What is donated: You can donate whole blood or plasma.

Pay per donation:
Nothing, however they have a donor incentive plan.

Frequency of donation:
You can donate whole blood every 8 weeks.

Test prior to donating:
hematicrit, they also do a vital check- temperature, blood pressure and pulse before each donation.

Length of time for donation:
It takes bout 1 hr for each donation.

Upfront cost for donor:
none

History of center:
Founded in 1975 by a group of citizens concerned about a county blood supply, which was marked by shortages and unsafe practices, joined to form a non-profit, all-voluntary blood center.

Uniqueness:
This facility is run by volunteers and uses the blood at local hospitals for the community.

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3 thoughts on “Continental Blood Components

  1. We thought about donating our son’s cord blood, but then we decided to bank it with Stemcyte. I will spread the word about your donation info though. Thanks for getting the word out!

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