Whether you are a first time donor, or regular blood donor, this is the place for you! Check here for information about the donation process, as well as how to prepare for your donation.
Overview of the Donation Process
Step One: COVID-19 Precautions
Participants must align with current university COVID-19 guidelines and policies at the time of the event, including but not limited to masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and self-screening.
Please complete your self-screening before coming to campus.
For American Red Cross donors, please complete a pre-registration Rapid Pass prior to donation at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. This helps expedite the process and the length of each donors’ onsite visit.
Step Two: Registration
Staff will sign in all guests and go over basic eligibility and donation information. Take some time to read over all information about donating blood and feel free to ask any questions you the staff members.
Step Three: Mini-Physical/Health History
After you have completed your paper work, you will then undergo a brief interview about your health history and the places you have traveled. The blood bank nursing staff will take the time to review your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood. This will be conducted confidentially in a private location at the blood drive location.
Step Four: Donation
This is the part you’ve been waiting for! The blood bank staff will take the time to seat you comfortably and prepare you for your donation. The process is safe, sterile and typically takes 10 minutes to complete!
Step Five: Recovery
After donating, you will be escorted to the canteen or snack area for recovery. Take some time to replenish the nutrients lost in the donation process by have a snack and something to drink before resuming normal activities.
Celebrate the feeling of knowing that you have helped save lives!
Before Your Donation
Make sure to eat foods high in iron such as red meat, raisins and green, leafy vegetables a couple days before donating to ensure that your iron level is high enough to donate. NOTE: Stay away from tea; it depletes your iron level!
- Bring a picture ID with you to the blood drive.
- Get plenty of rest the night before.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat before the actual donation.
- Talk to the staff before the donation if there are any concerns.
After Your Donation
Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you have saved lives!
- Be sure to eat regular meals.
- Drink plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours to replenish any fluids you lost during donation.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours after donation.
- If you feel light headed, lie down, preferably with feet elevated, until the feeling passes.
- Avoid smoking for one hour after donating.