Educational Programs

Donation Center Tours

Student tours are available at CBC’s downtown Dayton location.

Ever wonder what happens to blood
after donation?

  • It is processed, spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable components - red cells, platelets, and plasma.
  • More than a dozen tests are performed on each unit of donated blood to establish the blood type and test for infectious diseases.
  • When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are labeled and stored.
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Go Behind the Scenes 

Students go behinds the scenes of the donor room to see what happens to blood after it's given and have the opportunity to ask questions of the professionals and actual blood donors along the way. In most cases, students will participate in a short program prior to the tour, enjoy some juice and cookies and watch a video presentation about people whose lives were impacted by blood donors.

Tour Guidelines 

  • Maximum tour size: 30 students.
  • Students are broken into two groups of no more than 15.
  • Age requirements: 12 years old and up.
  • Students must possess a certain level of maturity to be admitted into biohazard areas involved with the processing and storage of blood products.

To arrange a tour for your class, contact the education specialist at 937-461-3453 or bloodeducation@givingblood.org.

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