Donating Plasma, Donating Blood, Save Lives

Real Estate Agent with Kwee Huset Realty


There is a blood shortage at the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank (SCBB), now is the time of great giving, after the festive food of Thanksgiving and the coming of the Christmas. Come donating plasma, donating blood, save lives.


Suncoast Communities Blood Banks (SCBB) is an independent non-profit charitable organization that was established in 1949.  It provides all blood types required by local hospitals and health centers in southwest Florida.


Where:  539 Bird Bay Plaza, 539 North US 41 Bypass, Venice FL 34285
Hour:     Monday – Thursday from 8:00am – 6:00pm
              Friday from 9:00am – 4:30pm
              Saturday from 8:00am – 1:00pm     
Contact: 941-941-735-4223




Blood Types

There are 4 types of blood – Group A, Group B, Group AB and Group O. The most common type is O positive and the least common is AB negative. Group O negative is a universal donor, and can give to everybody. Group AB positive is a universal recipient however they cannot give to others except Group AB.


Blood Donation Process

1.     Your complete honesty in answering all questions is very important for the safety of patients who receive your blood. ( All information you provide is confidential)

2.     Ask questions about your health & sexual contact - the risk for hepatitis, HIV or AIDS, travel and medicines.(Under Florida Law it is a felony to donate blood if you know you have the (HIV) AIDS virus) 

3.     Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse.

4.     Take a small blood sample to make sure you are not anemic

5.     If you able to donate, they will cleanse your arm with an antiseptic. Use a new sterile, disposable needle to collect your blood.


Donating Plasma Procedure Information

1.     Two instruments are used for collecting platelets by apheresis: the Trima uses a single arm procedure and the COBE Spectra uses a two-arm procedure.

2.     About four liters of blood are continuously removed and returned during the collection procedure.

3.     Your body quickly replaces the donated platelets because the normal life span of platelets in the body is very short.

4.     A needle is placed in either one arm or both arms for collecting platelets and returning the unused blood components.

5.     Saline (a mild salt solution) is used to keep the veins open while collecting and returning blood.

6.     The blood slowly passes through sterile tubing into a sterile collection chamber in the instrument where the blood is mixed with anticoagulant and the platelets are separated from the red cells and plasma.

7.     As the platelets are being collected, the red cells and plasma are mixed with saline and returned to your body.

8.     The process ordinarily takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours to collect enough platelets for an adequate patient dose.


Donating Blood (Red Cell) Procedure Information

1.     The automated red cell collection instrument is called the Haemonetics MCS+

2.     At the start of the process, a needle is placed in the donor’s arm, and both the collection and return of blood are done through the same needle.

3.     Saline (a mild salt solution) is used to keep the vein open when blood is not being collected or returned and is used to replace fluids.

4.     About one pint of blood is collected at a time. As the blood is collected, it is mixed with a special solution (anticoagulant) to prevent clotting.

5.     The blood passes through sterile tubing into a sterile collection chamber in the instrument where the red cells and plasma are separated.

6.     The remaining blood is mixed with saline and returned to the donor, and the process is repeated one more time,    a) During a red cell/plasma collection, one unit of red cells and a double unit of plasma are collected.   b) During a two unit red cell collection, two units of red cells are collected.

7.     The process ordinarily takes about 40 minutes.


Save Lives

The bloods collected are used for patients ranging from infants to trauma victims, cancer patients and those under- going surgery.  And it saves thousands of lives within our local medical facilities.


Come donating plasma, donating blood, save lives and Thank you!


This information is provided by the staff of SCBB. Video and post by Kwee Huset of Kwee Huset Realty.



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Comments (12)

Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Kwee -- great community post -- and so important to provide blood donations!  Have a happy and healthy New Year!!!

Dec 22, 2013 09:01 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kwee, donating blood or plasma is definitely the best gift of all.  Merry Christmas to you!

Dec 22, 2013 09:06 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Eric, most people are busy with the holiday shoppin and do not take time to donate blood.

Dec 22, 2013 09:18 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

You are right Silvia, it save lives also it goes with  the theme of Christmas - Jesus is the best gift of all.  

Dec 22, 2013 09:22 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Kwee, what a wonderful public service post to help the community. Thank you for reminding people to help donate.

Dec 22, 2013 10:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kwee, great reminder we need to donate blood even through the Holidays.

Dec 22, 2013 10:47 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Kwee, I have heard it said here in Clarksville that this time of year the supplies are critically low. This is a very timely article.

Dec 22, 2013 12:13 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kwee, thanks for this post and hopefully many will donate.

Dec 22, 2013 08:48 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Kwee, I have given blood before, but didn't know that much about the process. Thanks for the lesson and I hope the Suncoast Communities Blood Bank gets all the donors it needs.

Dec 23, 2013 04:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My life was saved by donated blood. This is such an important contribution.

Dec 23, 2013 07:16 AM
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I too was giving donated blood. Unfortunately I can't donate but am proud my daughter has. What a truly valuable post.

Jan 20, 2014 01:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kwee, so many lives are saved by those who give blood!    Hope many attended!

Jun 01, 2014 10:51 PM