to Expect When You Give Blood
You'll be asked to provide identification when you come to
donate. We will need your:
Date Of birth
Social security number
Blood Donor Center staff will do a limited physical exam to
Your blood pressure
We will also take a drop of your blood to see that you have
enough cells to donate.
We will answer any questions you have about the donation
process. If you are allergic to tape, iodine or latex, please
tell the interviewer. We will also ask about your present health
and health history. Be assured that this is a private,
confidential interview. You will be given a form on which you
provide information that lets us know if your blood is safe to
give to someone else. Based upon your answers, it is possible
that you will be deferred from donating. This deferment may be
permanent, or just temporary.
When it's time for you to donate:
You are made comfortable in a reclining chair.
We obtain venous access: there will be a brief
"sting" from the needle
You will relax for about 10 minutes while a pint
of blood is obtained
At the end of the donation, a small bandage will
be placed on your arm
You will be ushered to an area where you can relax.
You will be given a form with donation instructions and a number
to call at the Blood Donor Center if you decide that your blood
may not be safe to give to someone else.
Athough it is rare, an occasional patient may feel faint, dizzy
or weak after donation. The Blood Donor Center will provide all
the support and care you require.
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