Blood Donations and Transfusions
Children’s National offers a Directed Donor Program, which allows family members or friends to donate blood to be used during the patient’s hospital stay and/or for procedures. There is no evidence that blood from directed donors is safer than from regular volunteer donors, but this service is frequently requested by many parents and therefore we offer such a program.
The Blood Donor Center at Children’s National is open:
Monday - Friday, 7 am - 3:45 pm
Call (202) 476-KIDS to schedule an appointment.
Some patients may donate blood for themselves for elective surgeries through the Autologous Donation Program. Donation must be done at least one week before surgery. The child must be healthy, cooperative, not be anemic, and be at least 10 years old. Small children can’t be their own donors.