How it Works

The blood donation process is simple.  The entire process in most cases takes about an hour.  Upon arrival at a Blood Bank of Alaska center or mobile drive you complete four easy steps prior to donation:

Easy Steps to donate blood

  • Present your photo identification to a Blood Bank of Alaska staff member at time of registration
  • Fill out the required Donor History Form at one of our kiosk or use a written form.
  • Go over the form with one of our screening technicians and answer any follow up questions
  • Take a mini-physical to include: temperature, hematocrit test and blood pressure

What is a Hematocrit?

The hematocrit (Ht or HCT) or packed cell volume (PCV) or erythrocyte volume fraction (EVF) is the volume percentage (%) of red blood cells in blood.  It is normally about 45% for men and 40% for women.  It is considered an integral part of a person's blood count results, along hemoglobin concentration, white blood cell count and platelet count.

  • Once you have passed your screening, you proceed to the donation area to make your donation.
  • The actual whole blood donation takes on average 15 minutes.
  • After your donation it is recommended that you give yourself 10 – 15 minutes to determine if you will experience any side effects.  Some possible side effects are dizziness and feeling faint.  Most donations are given with no side effects at all. 
  • Schedule your next appointment.  Whole blood donations can be given every 56 days, platelets every 7 days and plasma every 4 weeks.


Current Critical Needs

Type O+ O-

Anchorage Centers(2)
Fairbanks Center
Wasilla Center
Call 222-5630 for info

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Remember to:

  • Eat well
  • Drink plenty of fluids before donating
  • Bring photo ID (with Birthday or SSN)

Mobile Blood Drive Calendar

Upcoming Events


25Sat Kodiak: Convention Center

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM :: 7 Hours 30 Minutes

26Sun Kodiak: Convention Center

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM :: 7 Hours 30 Minutes

27Mon ANC:UAA Bookstore

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM :: 7 Hours


1Wed VAL: Palmer High School (closed to public)

7:45 AM - 2:00 PM :: 6 Hours 15 Minutes

1Wed JBER: 732nd Air mobility

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM :: 7 Hours

2Thu ANC: King Career Center

8:15 AM - 2:15 PM :: 6 Hours

3Fri ANC: Bartlett High School (closed to public)

7:30 AM - 1:30 PM :: 6 Hours

3Fri ANC: SteamDot

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM :: 7 Hours

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