Be a hero to your neighborhood! Give blood. Save lives.
Did you know one blood donation could save three lives?
When you give blood at UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center, the blood supplies multiple hospitals in northern Colorado: Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital and Longs Peak Hospital.
Blood donor guidelines
To donate blood, a person must be at least 18 years old (or 17 with a parent’s permission) and show photo identification. New blood donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in good health. Prior donors must weigh at least 110 pounds with no complications during previous donations.
If you were instructed by your doctor to donate for your health, please contact the Donor Center at the number above.
Blood safety rules require that individuals may NOT donate for certain reasons or conditions. Please review the following:
- Persons may not donate if they have had a tattoo/permanent make-up in the past 12 months; these individuals are deferred for 12 months from the date of the tattoo application, unless applied by a state-regulated, professional shop using sterile needles and non-reused ink.
- Piercings are acceptable as long as the instruments used were single-use equipment. Wait 12 months if a piercing was performed using a reusable gun or any reusable instrument.
- Pregnant women are not eligible to donate. Wait six weeks after giving birth. Nursing is not a deferral.
- You can be exposed to malaria through travel, and travel in some areas can sometimes defer donors. If you have traveled outside of the United States and Canada, your travel destinations will be reviewed at the time of donation.
- If you spent a total time of 6 months or more associated with a military base in any of the following countries:
- From 1980 through 1990: Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany.
- From 1980 through 1996: Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, or Greece.
- Lived or stayed in continental Europe from 1980 to the present for a total of five years or more.
- If you have signs or symptoms of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) caused by a virus, or unexplained jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin).
- You should not give blood if you have AIDS, have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.
- In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor. Eligibility will be based on the reason that the medication was prescribed. A medication deferral list will be provided to you at the time of donation.
Before your donation
- Make sure you’ve eaten a good meal.
- When you enter the Garth Englund donation site, staff members will guide you through the process and answer your questions.
The donation process takes 30 to 45 minutes. This includes the time needed to fill out health history and consent forms.
The rest of the process includes having your vitals taken, and undergoing a finger-stick test called a hematocrit that checks your volume of red blood cells.
The actual drawing of blood – a pint – takes five to 10 minutes.
After your donation
- Rest for a short time.
- Enjoy a snack.
- Please fill out a reminder postcard for your next appointment. You can give blood once every 56 days (or eight weeks).
Host a mobile blood drive
Over 80% of UCHealth blood products are the direct result of community-hosted blood drives.
Among the many organizations who have hosted a mobile blood drive are Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Colorado State University. Their willingness to host a blood drive contributed significantly to the patient care successes of our hospitals.