Blood Donation Process
Getting ready for your blood donation
Be Sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.
- Wear something comfortable
Wear clothing with sleeves that easily be rolled up above the elbow.
- Maintain a Healthy Level of iron in your diet before donating
If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.
- Bring a List of medications you are taking
We will need t o know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
- Bring an Identity Card
Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.
- Bring a friend
Bring along a friends, so you both may enjoy the benefits of giving blood.
Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.
The donation process step-by-step
– Any staff or volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
– You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver’s license, or other forms of Identification.
- Health History and Mini-physical
– You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.
– We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.
- The Donation
– We will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand new sterile needle for the blood draw. This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.
– The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably. Certain donation types, such as platelets, red cells or plasma (apheresis donations) can take up to 2 hours.
– When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.
– After donating, you should have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities.
– Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives.
After the donation
- Hydrate More You should continue to drink water throughout the day of your donation.
- Avoid Heavy Lifting or Exercise Try not to exert yourself too much for the rest of the day.
- Accept Our Most Sincere Thank You!
Also accept the thanks of people whose lives were changed by blood donations.
Enjoy the feeling of knowing that you helped save lives!