You will be asked to read a booklet on “What You Must Know Before
Donating Blood”, which will provide some basic information you’ll
need to know before beginning the process.
A form, called a Blood Donation Record, will be filled out based
on responses you give to a Red Cross staff member. To protect you
and the patient who receives your blood, a donor care specialist
will give you a brief health check by asking some questions about
your medical history, checking your blood pressure, temperature
and pulse, and measuring your blood hemoglobin (iron) level.
you have taken prescription medicine in the last month, you'll need
to know the name, purpose or category (for example, antibiotics)
in order to donate.
Next, you'll be seated in a comfortable
chair, and you can select the arm from which you want to donate.
After putting a blood pressure cuff on your arm, a donor care specialist
will clean the area where the needle will be inserted.
needles make you uneasy, don't look! Breathe deeply and close your
eyes. There may be a slight sting when the needle is inserted; otherwise
it's quick and painless.
the donation you can open and close your hand in order to facilitate
the blood flow into the bag. When your bag is full (with approximately
one pint), the needle will be taken out, and a small bandage will
be applied to your arm.
Now you can take it easy. Refreshments
are served to replenish your fluids.
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