If you’re nervous about donating blood, make sure to let our team of professionals know. Since we’re at blood drives all day every day, we have quite a few tips and tricks to make sure your donation goes as smoothly as possible!
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A POSITIVE DONATION:
We want you to feel great after you’ve donated. Prior to your donation:
Drink plenty of fluids the night before and leading up to your donation - hydration is key to a positive experience.
Eat a good meal - do not donate on an empty stomach.
Incorporate a bit more salt in your meals and snacks on the day of your donation
Get plenty of rest prior to your donation.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE DONATION:
Four basic steps make up blood donation:
Registration. Donors will provide their information, signed Parental/guardian permission form if necessary, and identification.
History Screening. Donors will complete a series of health and lifestyle questions and receive a mini-physical to check temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and hemoglobin level.
Donation. Collecting a unit of blood - about one pint - takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Donors may feel a slight pinch for a few seconds, but that is it!
Snacks. After the donation, donors will rest in the snack area and enjoy refreshments.