We ask you for information about yourself: name, address, phone number, and give you some important literature on blood donation to read. You must present a photo I.D. and proof of age at this time.
Screening & Mini-Physical
Next, we conduct a confidential interview in which we will ask you questions about your medical history to determine your eligibility to donate blood. Our staff will give you a mini-physical during which we check your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron level. After the mini-physical, you are ready to donate!
Every donation is collected with a new, sterile kit. Giving blood is safe. You cannot get AIDS or any other disease by donating blood. While you relax in a comfortable donor chair, we cleanse your arm with antiseptic, and then draw about one pint of blood. It takes about five to eight minutes to donate whole blood, longer for automated donations such as platelets or double red cells.
After you give, we ask you to enjoy some juice and cookies in our refreshment area. Your body will replenish the fluids lost during your donation in approximately 12 to 24 hours. Normally, eight weeks are necessary for total red cell replacement. Your donation will then be taken back to our laboratory for testing and processing. The entire process takes about an hour.