What is DOuble red cell (ALYX) donation?
The ALYX machine collects two units of red blood cells instead of one during a single donation.This type of donation allows a donor to double the impact of their gift of life.
How often can i donate?
ALYX donors only give once every 112 days (16 weeks) instead of the normal 56 days.
What is the process like?
Using a special machine similar to an Apheresis (platelet) donation, the ALYX machine collects two units of red blood cells instead of one. Platelets and plasma are returned to the donor by a single-use disposable kit and the donor receives a saline solution for hydration. Requirements for this type of donation are similar to those for a whole blood donation, with a slightly higher requirement for height and weight.
HOw long does this take?
A typical ALYX donation takes approximately 45 minutes.
Donation requirements for alyx donors
Female donors must weigh at least 150 lbs and be 5’5. Male donors must be at least 135 lbs and at least 5’1.
When checked by our donor care specialist, your iron level must be at least 13.3 g/dL for females and males.
Your blood pressure cannot be higher than 180/100 mm Hg or lower than 90/50 mm Hg. If you are currently taking medication you are eligible to donate as long as your blood pressure meets these requirements.
Your body temperature must be between 96.4 and 100.0 degrees F.
Your pulse rate must be no less than 50 beats per minute and no more than 100 beats per minute.
You will be asked a series of questions to ensure that you are eligible to donate.
Certain medications and medical conditions will prevent you from donating, at least temporarily. Call 800-962-0628 to inquire about your specific medical conditions or medications, or view the Medication Deferral List.