1Whether 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

The blood donation process can be broken down into four basic steps: 

Step One: Registration

Staff and volunteers will sign in all guests (appointments and walk-ins) 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 Two: 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 Three: 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 Four: 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!

Appointments vs. Walk-Ins

When donors sign in, they are added to the schedule in order of arrival. Within each 15-minute time block, donors with appointments in that time block have priority over walk-in donors. Once donors with appointments in a given time block have been seen, walk-in donors are called until the next time block begins.

Donor appointment times are always honored. If, however, a donor with an appointment arrives a few minutes before the scheduled time block, a walk-in from a previous time block may be called up until the next time block begins. The blood banks have allowed time for walk-ins in their schedules, so this happens fairly frequently.

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.