Red Cross Unveils RapidPass online

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS — Save lives in less time. American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now do just that by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system.

RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online. It became available to donors locally on July 13 and is expected to reduce the time donors with a RapidPass spend at blood drives by up to 15 minutes.

“When people come to donate, they are giving more than blood or platelets – they are also generously giving their time,” said Ben Corey, external communications manager, Heart of America Blood Services Region. “RapidPass is a simple, convenient way for Red Cross donors to make the most of their time while helping save lives.”

To get a RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, donors should visit

You can also make an appointment to give blood by using the blood donor app, visiting or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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