Where is donated blood stored?

 UPDATED 6:56 AM HST Feb 01, 2013
Blood donation

After you donate blood you might wonder what happens to it until it is needed by a patient.

 

After the blood donation is tested, blood suitable for transfusion is labeled and stored.

 

According to the American Red Cross, red cells are stored in refrigerators at 6-degrees Celsius for up to 42 days.

 

Platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for a maximum of five days, the Red Cross states on its web site.

 

The Red Cross says that plasma and cryo are stored in freezers for up to a year.

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