This section offers some common guidelines to help you determine whether you are eligible to donate blood or platelets. Any questions regarding donor eligibility should be referred to the Inland Northwest Blood Center’s Donor and Patient Services Department for evaluation by calling (509) 624-0151 or (800) 423-0151.

Individuals who are in good health and can meet the general eligibility criteria are likely able to donate.

  • Donors need to be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year old donors must complete the INBC Minor Donor Consent Form form, and the minor brings the completed consent form to their donation). There is no upper age limit for a donation.
  • Whole blood: Ensure it has been 56 days (8 weeks) since your last whole blood donation and no more than 6 times per year.
  • Red blood cells: Ensure it has been 112 days (16 weeks) since your last red cell donation and no more than 3 times per year.
  • Platelet/Plasma : Ensure it has been 28 days (4 weeks) since any plasma donation, 7 days since any platelet donation, and no more than 24 platelet donations in the past 12 months.

Additional qualifications may apply for each donation type.


Many people think they can’t donate if they have experienced any of the following. In most cases it is not an issue. If you have concerns about any of the following, you can consult BEFORE your donation.

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