Biolife near Philly

Note this is outside of Philly, in Harrisburg but is the only one close to Philly.

Biolife near Philly
931 N. 7th St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 232-6990

Hours of operation:
Monday- Friday 8AM to 6pm
Saturday – closed
Sunday- closed

What is donated:

What do they do with the plasma?
Plasma is used in the treatment of disorders like hemophilia and other immune system deficiencies, and to make products used to aid with tetanus, rabies, measles, rubella and hepatitis B. If someone suffers from hemophilia, they lack the natural clotting factors that help stop bleeding, so plasma-based products can be used to treat people with this disorder. Plasma derived albumin, used in the treatment of trauma injuries like shock and severe burns, is sold to hospitals and emergency rooms all over the world.

How much does the center pay per donation?
$25 , $30, after that goes to $15 and $30

How often can one donate at the center?
You can donate plasma up to two times in a seven day period.

What tests are performed prior to signing up?
New donors must have a driver’s license social security card or proof of residency. They conduct a brief medical history, and determine if you are in good health. Then they check vitals- temperature, blood pressure, and pulse, and check for iron level and protein level with a finger stick.

How long does a donation take?
On the first visit, the whole process which includes the physical exam and the plasma donation it usually takes about two hours. After that it only takes about an hour and a half per donation.

Are there any upfront costs for the potential donor to enroll in the program (startup costs)?

Near train tracks and the 230 highway

American Red Cross in Philly

UPDATE: ALL American Red Cross locations here!

When thinking about donating blood, The American Red Cross may be the first to cross your mind. The American Red Cross Services is a non profit agency that primarily deals with blood and blood platelet donations.

There are countless locations throughout the USA, and the American Red Cross has numerous easily accessible locations thought the great Philadelphia, PA area:

American Red Cross
51 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 884-6500

American Red Cross Blood Services
700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 451-4000

American Red Cross Blood Services –
Northeast Philadelphia Community Donor Center
8001 Roosevelt Boulevard Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19152
(215) 332-6381

What is Donated: Blood & blood Platelets

Open Hours: Operating hours are
Monday –Thursday 12:30 – 7:30
Friday 8-3
Saturday & Sunday – 8-2

Pay Per Donation: $ 0

Frequency of Donation: You can donate once every 56 days.

Test Prior To Signing up: There is only a simple hemoglobin test prior to donation. However the Red Cross has the following donation guidelines: at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 56 days. The parameters of “Healthy” are broad but basically mean feeling well and performing normal activities.

Chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure must be under control. A donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured.

Time Length for Donation: The normal donation takes 40 minutes to an hour.

Upfront Costs for the Potential Donor? $0

History of Center: Each center is non profit and part of the great Red Cross organization.

Advantages: With the many locations throughout the city, there is one right in neighborhood making it easily accessible for everyone. They are also open on Sunday which is unusual.

Uniqueness: services NE Philly with multiple locations and convenient operating hours.

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