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Red Cross Launches RapidPass Online Health History System

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Red Cross Launches RapidPass Online Health History System at Blood Drives Nationwide

Technology allows blood and platelet donors to save up to 15 minutes while helping save lives

WASHINGTON D.C. - October 26, 2015 — The American Red Cross announced today the launch of RapidPass online health history system at blood drives nationwide. The technology allows blood and platelet donors to read the required pre-donation information and answer health history questions from the convenience of their own computer prior to arriving at a blood drive.

RapidPass streamlines the donation experience and can reduce the time donors spend at Red Cross blood drives by up to 15 minutes. Already about 20,000 RapidPasses have been successfully generated.

“Through the use of technology, RapidPass will provide an improved blood donation experience, helping to decrease wait times for Red Cross donors,” said Shaun Gilmore, president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “The Red Cross values the time of our generous donors and remains dedicated to continuously enhancing their donation experience.”

To obtain a RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, individuals complete the health history questionnaire online by visiting from a personal computer. Donors are instructed to read the pre-donation information and complete questions online, then print their RapidPass or show the PDF on their mobile device when they come to donate. At the blood drive, Red Cross staff members will scan the RapidPass form, review the donor’s answers and complete all other aspects of the health history exam.

Though an appointment isn’t needed to use RapidPass, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to further expedite their donation.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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