Shrewsbury Blood Center
Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Start at Central Jersey Blood Center, where we make it easy to donate blood in New Jersey. In addition to our mobile blood drives held all across New Jersey, we’re happy to welcome you to our Shrewsbury Donor Center, located at 494 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702, your local blood donation center.
Types of Blood Donations
At our Shrewsbury blood donation center, we accept four kinds of blood donations to provide for a variety of transfusions. After learning about the types of blood donations we accept, check out our blood donor qualifications to see if you meet the requirements to give blood.
In addition to blood donation, you may have additional lifesaving opportunities! Check out our four donor clubs: Miracle Makers Club, Red Cell Only Club, Code Red Club, and Most Valuable Platelet Club to view the details and to discover if you are eligible. Be sure to check below for more details about the donations accepted at our Shrewsbury location.
Shrewsbury Donor Center
494 Sycamore Ave – Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Monday 7:00AM – 3:00PM
Tuesday 7:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday 7:00AM – 3:00PM
Thursday 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday 7:00AM – 3:00PM
Saturday 7:00AM – 1:00PM
Sunday 7:00AM – 2:00PM
Whole Blood Donation
The most common kind of blood donation is whole blood donation. Donors give approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’, which can be separated into into 3 main components: red cells, platelets, and plasma. Donating whole blood can take up to an hour. You can donate whole blood every 56 days.
Platelet donation, also called platelet apheresis, a machine takes the platelets as well as some plasma and returns the red cells and most of the plasma back to you, the donor. Platelets are crucial in the treatment of cancer and organ transplant patients. This type of donation is important given that, a single platelet donation constitutes at least 1 transfusable unit. It would take upwards of 7 whole blood donations to make up 1 transfusable unit of platelets.
When you donate plasma, the process can take about an hour and fifteen minutes. The plasma is collected by an apheresis machine that separates the blood components and returns the red cells and platelets. This type of donation is great for donors with Type AB Blood–Type AB donors are the universal plasma donors, their plasma can go to all other type blood recipients where their red cells can only go to other AB Type recipients. Plasma units are used in the treatment of burn victims and patients with Leukemia.
Red Blood Cell Donation
Red cells are the most transfused blood component with certain red cell blood types being in short supply, double red cell donation can be incredibly helpful. Type O donors and donors with Rh-negative blood types should especially look into double red cell donation, these types are most commonly used in serious traumas situations. Donors do need to meet higher body height/weight and higher hemoglobin requirements for this type of donation. This type of donation also takes slightly longer than a standard whole blood donation.