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Apheresis - A Special Kind of Donation

How your blood components help the community

Heart surgery patient

  • 6 units of red cells
  • 6 units of platelets

Burn patient

  • 20 units of platelets

Automobile accident victim

  • up to 50 units of red cells per week

Cancer patient

  • up to 8 units of platelets per week

Bone-marrow transplant

  • 20 units of red cells
  • 120 units of platelets

Organ transplant

  • up to 40 units of red cells
  • 30 units of platelets
  • 25 units of plasma

Because of Donors Like You

Zach Shaw is getting a second chance at life because of blood donors like you. He has a rare blood disorder that requires him to need blood transfusions regularly. "Blood donors have no idea the gift they're giving. Just one unit of blood is such a blessing to us. If people didn't go to donate so graciously, Zach would have died," said Shaw.

Liza Maio has spend many hours helping other by recruiting blood donors, which ended up helping save her own life. Liza suffered life-threatening dehydration that laid her up for many weeks; she received blood transfusions that helped restore her health. Her friendly personality and her immense energy are a welcoming sight for donors, who she now cannot give enough gratitude for the anonymous donors like you who helped save her life.

Awards & Accreditations

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The first hospital laboratory in the United States to achieve Accreditation to the gold standard ISO-15189 Quality and Competence international standard in both Clinical and Anatomic Pathology.

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Other Awards & Accreditations

AABB Accredited

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Avera McKennan Laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

FACT Accredited

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Avera McKennan Laboratory is accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).