Tips for a Good Donation Experience
- Get a good sleep the day before you have to donate blood
- Have a good breakfast or lunch
- Drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate (avoid tea, coffee, or other beverages with caffeine)
- Eat iron-rich foods - red meat, fish, poultry or liver, beans, iron-fortified cereals, raisins and prunes
During the Donation
- Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow
- Show the staff any "good veins" that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood
- Rehydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours
- 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
- If for any reason, something doesn't feel right, call us after donation
Enjoy the good feeling that comes with knowing that you may have saved as many as three lives.
- Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease for men and stimulate the generation of red blood cells.
- The amount of toxic chemicals (e.g. mercury, pesticides, fire retardants) circulating in the blood stream is reduced by the amount contained in given blood.
- The good news is you can give blood again and again to help save more lives!
- If you're a regular blood donor, you can give blood once in 12 weeks.