Special Donations

While the vast majority of blood donations are allogenic — meaning, donated anonymously to an unknown recipient — occasionally other types of donations may be required. Whether someone is donating blood for their own future use, to a specific patient, or to assist with their own healthcare journey and well-being, Stanford Blood Center offers customized support for rare circumstances.

Special Donations Information, Appointments, and Questions
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Phone: 650-723-6667
Email Us

Autologous Donations

An autologous donation is a blood donation you give for your own surgery or medical needs. It requires an order from a physician who is completely familiar with your entire health history. You may download forms below.

Autologous blood donation information sheet (03-F67)

Autologous blood donation order form (03-F66)

Directed Donations

A directed donation is blood donated for a specific person. The patient’s provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant) must give the order for donation. You may download forms here:

Directed donation information form (03-F09)

Directed donation order form (03-F03)

Directed donation minor consent form (05-F51)

Therapeutic Donations

Therapeutic phlebotomy is a blood draw to treat certain conditions. It requires a physician’s order.

Therapeutic phlebotomy order form (03-F46)

Special Donation FAQs

A: Yes, all Therapeutic donations are by appointment only. Please email specialdonations@stanford.edu to schedule an appointment. Therapeutic donors cannot walk-in to donate blood as the paperwork required will not be completed and the collections staff will be unable to draw the donor.

A: No, all Therapeutic patient units are discarded.

A: Yes, there is a fee:

  • $130.00 for a Therapeutic unit
  • $340.00 for an Autologous unit

*Fees may be covered by your insurance. Submit receipts directly to your Insurance Provider.

A: Please have your Doctor visit our website for the Autologous, Directed and Therapeutic donation forms: https://stanfordbloodcenter.org/donate-blood/special-donations.

A: Monday-Friday 7-4:30pm. Weekend appointments are not available.

A: The Special Donation team will reach out within 24 hours.