• The Blood Donation Process

    Deciding to give blood can be more difficult than actually donating. While it’s normal to feel anxious about a new experience, you can rest assured that giving blood is safe. Since the needle is sterile and used only once, it is impossible to contract any disease by donating blood.

    We recommend eating a good meal before you donate. The donation process involves four steps and takes about 30 minutes.

    1. Registration
      We will ask you for your name, address, phone number and social security number.
    2. Mini-physical and medical history
      We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Low iron is the most common cause of blood donor deferral. To avoid low iron, donors should eat iron-rich foods. Then, a medical interviewer will ask you a series of confidential medical questions to determine your eligibility to donate.
    3. The Blood Donation
      A technician will gently cleanse and sterilize your arm before inserting a needle that will cause a slight, momentary sting. The needle is sterile, used only for your donation, then disposed.
    4. Rest and Refreshments
      Relax and enjoy fruit juice, cookies and assorted snacks for 15 minutes.

    In the 24 hours after your donation, your blood donation will be tested, typed and separated into various components to be safely transfused to up to three patients.

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