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How Blood Donation Works

 

Blood Donor Screening

Blood Center staff will take your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature
  • Pulse
  • They will also take a small blood sample to make sure you are not anemic.
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Private Interview

Staff ask all donors questions about their:

  • Recent health
  • Recent travel
  • Recent medications
  • Potential risk for hepatitis, HIV or AIDS.

 

 

The Blood Donation Process

Giving blood is so simple you can be in and out in under an hour. The donation itself takes ten minutes or less. There are four steps to the process:


1. Registration

  • First-time donors learn about donating blood
  • All donors complete a form with basic health information
  • All donors show a valid ID card.


2. Interview

  • Staff will ask you some health history and lifestyle questions in a private and confidential interview. To ensure the safety of recipients of your blood, please give accurate and complete answers.
  • Staff will take your temperature and check your iron level, blood pressure and pulse.

3. Donation

  • After cleansing an area on your arm, staff will insert a need to draw blood. You may feel a "sting" from the needle, but it is otherwise painless.
  • Relax for 5-10 minutes while the blood bag fills.
  • After collecting about a pint of blood, staff will remove the needle and band-aid your arm.

 

4. Refreshments

  • Enjoy free refreshments while your body adjusts to lower fluid volume.
  • You may resume all your daily activities once staff allow you to leave.
  • Enjoy the pleasure of giving the gift of life and helping others.

 

AFTER YOU DONATE

Before using your blood, we test it for Hepatitic B, Hepatitis C, HIV, syphillis, Lyme disease, and Chagus disease.  If your blood tests positive, we will notify you confidentially.