The entire experience of giving blood, from start to finish, requires roughly sixty minutes. The actual act of donation itself, however, generally only takes between 8 to 10 minutes.
We’ll sign you in and go over basic eligibility.
You’ll be asked to show ID, such as your aadhar card.
You’ll read some information about donating blood.
2. Any Medical History
You’ll answer a few questions about your health history and places you’ve traveled, during a private and confidential interview.
You’ll tell us about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
We’ll check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.
3. Now its Time For Donation
If you’re donating whole blood, we’ll cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand new sterile needle for the blood draw. (This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.)
Other types of donations, such as platelets, are made using an apheresis machine which will be connected to both arms.
A whole blood donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you’ll be seated comfortably or lying down.
When approximately a pint of whole blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.
For platelets, the apheresis machine will collect a small amount of blood, remove the platelets, and return the rest of the blood through your other arm; this cycle will be repeated several times over about 2 hours.
4. Post Donation
After donating blood, you’ll have a snack and something to drink in the refreshment area.
You’ll leave after 10-15 minutes and continue your normal routine.
Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing you are helping to save lives.
Take a selfie, or simply share your good deed with friends. It may inspire them to become blood donors.