Donation Process

  1. Getting ready for your donation
    • Hydrate
      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.
    • Relax!
      Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.
  2. The donation process step-by-step
    • Registration
      - 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.
    • Refreshments
      - 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.
  3. 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.
    • Connect with Other Donors from your facebook friends!
      - Like our facebook page
      - Download our app into your mobile, fill your profile data and donation detail to share with your facebook friends for motivating them to donate blood next time.
      - Share your story about why you donate.

Enjoy the feeling of knowing that you helped save lives!