Donating blood is relatively safe, but iron deficiency may occur with donation. Blood donors may benefit from a diet high in iron-rich foods and should consider taking a daily multivitamin containing iron. Refer to Blood Donation and Iron Loss in the Blood Donor Educational Material.
Your donation is taken to the lab and gets processed in a centrifuge to separate it into three different lifesaving components. Once testing is completed to ensure safety of the blood components, 24/7 dispatchers deliver it to the hospital, where it is used to help someone in need. Watch a video to see the whole process!
Many people report a boosted mood following blood donation, especially knowing that their generosity will make a lasting impact. In addition, you will want to eat a healthy meal and drink more fluids than usual (of the non-alcoholic variety). Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous or dangerous activities for the next 24 hours.
Remove the bandage after about 4 hours and go about your day as normal. If you feel lightheaded, lay down for a moment and drink more fluids. Your body will replace the liquid part of the blood (plasma) and platelets within two days and the red blood cells within 56 days.
First-time blood donors or those who do not know their blood type can register and log in to their online blood donor portal from a desktop or laptop computer to find out what blood type they are and what types of donations are recommended based on their last donation.
Healthy individuals can donate whole blood every 8 weeks. Platelet donors become eligible after seven days and plasma donors must wait 4 weeks to donate plasma again. If you give a double red cell, you can donate in 16 weeks. Donors aged 17 and 18 can donate whole blood every 6 months. Check your donor portal to view your next eligibility date.
Blood donors can log-in to their blood donor portal to see their Wellness Profile. Here you will see your cholesterol, blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and hemoglobin results from your last donation.
Your donation can help people who have experienced:
You will be notified via mail if testing results indicate your blood cannot be used after infectious disease testing (e.g., Hepatitis B and C). The health and wellness of donors and the patients we serve is very important to us.