-How to Prepare for a Blood Donation-
Did you know? Preparing for your blood donation starts before you walk in.
1. A healthy meal within two hours of your donation is important to a successful donation.
It is also recommended that regular donors make a habit of eating
foods that are rich in Iron. A few examples include red meat, chicken,
tuna, salmon, lima beans, red kidney beans,broccoli, bake potato, and
also many iron fortified cereals.
2. Always drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages such as water, juice, and Gatorade® one hour before donating.
Drinks and snacks
will be provided during and after the medical screening and before the donation.
3. Most importantly, make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the day of your donation.
-The Blood Donation Process-
-The entire blood donation process takes about one hour. -All steps must follow procedure exactly to ensure the safety of the donor and the blood supply.
A trained staff member will check your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure.
Hemoglobin levels are also checked by testing a drop of blood.
Lie down in a comfortable bed in the donation area.
A trained phlebotomist will sterilize the area of the arm before drawing the blood.
-All Smiles from a happy Donor-
Squeeze ball to help the blood flow.
The actual donation takes about 10 to 15
All materials used during the donation are pre-packaged,
sterile, and disposable.
Upon completion of the donation, the needle is removed and the arm is bandaged.
Enjoy the snacks and drinks provided for you.
After 15 minutes, donors can continue on with their day knowing they have made a difference.
Donors should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for a few hours following donation.
If donors feel light-headed, lie down until it passes.