Blood Donation Information
Eligibility and General Guidlines
You must weight at least 110 lbs. and be in good health. On the Day of donation you should be well rested, well hydrated and eat a good meal.
The donor screening process will help us determine if it is safe for you to give blood, and if your blood will be safe for a patient to receive. At every donation, all donors are asked to answer specific questions about their medical history, sexual behavior and any activity that could increase the risk of HIV/AIDS. All blood is tested for various infectious agents and you will be notified of any positive results. All information is kept strictly confidential.
During the screening process we will also perform a mini physical exam (blood pressure, temperature, pule) and take a few drops of blood from your finger to measure your Hemoglobin (iron) level.
It usually takes approximately one hour to complete the donation process. Sterile, single-use equipment and supplies are used and your arm will be cleaned and bandaged.
Blood donation is usually a very positive experience but the process may occasionally cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, bruising at the venipucture site, and very rarely low blood pressure, fainting, seizures, hematoma, phlebitis, nerve injury, or post donation anemia.
After you have finished your donation please read and follow the Donor Instructions, spend at least 10 minutes in the refreshment area drinking juice and eating snacks, and make sure you are feeling well before you leave.