How long does it take to donate?

It takes about an hour to go through all of the steps to donate Whole Blood and a little longer for other donation types: 

  • At registration you will give your name, date of birth, address and other demographic information. 
  • Medical screening will include answering confidential medical history questions, getting a finger stick to get a hemoglobin check from a drop of blood and receiving a blood pressure, temperature and pulse check. 
  • You will donate a unit of whole blood through a needle in your arm in about 10 minutes. This step may take longer for different donation types. 
  • After your donation you will relax for 15 minutes and enjoy refreshments. 










How long does it take to donate? | San Diego Blood Bank

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