Some of you may have the blood donation process down pat, but for those of you who do not, let me give you the play-by-play. And may I add, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Before Your Donation
Hydrate – Make sure to drink lots of fluids the day of your appointment.
Bring a Picture ID – In order to donate blood, a picture ID is required.
During Your Donation
Registration – If you are a first-time donor you will show your picture ID. If you have already donated you will can use the fingerprint identification method. You will be given a Donor Registration Form (DRF) to complete, which collects general information from you.
Health History & Mini-Physical – An Indiana Blood Center technician will ask you a list of questions regarding your health history. Your responses are kept confidential. After all of the questions are answered, the staff member will check your temperature, pulse and blood pressure.
Donation – An Indiana Blood Center technician will cleanse the area of your arm from which he/she is drawing blood. Once a pint of blood is collected the donation process is complete and the technician will bandage your arm.
Refresh – After your donation, you are asked to sit in the refreshment area to eat a snack and drink water, soda or juice. Indiana Blood Center recommends sitting in the refresh area for 10-15 minutes before leaving.
Be Proud – Donating to Indiana Blood Center means that you’ll have someone’s undying gratitude.
After Your Donation
Hydrate – When giving blood you lose whole blood, meaning the plasma, platelets and red cells. Be sure to stay hydrated so you can readily replenish the fluids lost.
Relax – Steer clear of any heavy weight-lifting or strenuous exercise after your donation.
Check Your Vitals – After 24 hours, go to DonorPoint.org to see all of your vitals that were taken the day of your donation.