Be A Blood Donor

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

When you give

Did you know –
You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 105 pounds to be eligible to donate. Be sure you know your weight when you come in.

Did you know –
Medication do not disqualify potential blood donors – what’s important is the reason for taking the medication. If you are currently taking any medication, be sure to know the name of the medication and the reason your doctor prescribed it for you; we can’t take you without it. Every case can be different, so if you would like to know if you’re okay to donate, call the Nursing Department at 1-800-432-8045. Our staff will be happy to give you the answer.

Did you know –
Donating a unit of blood will probably take an hour or so. At the finish, all you’ll feel is r-e-a-l-l-y good. You’ll probably never know who or how many people you’ve helped. But we say thanks. And, so do they.

When you get

Did you know –
Blood recipients come in all shapes sizes and ages. They can be as young as a newborn or as old as a great grandparent.

Did you know –
A blood donor is good for people who go through windshields or red lights. For someone with leukemia. For people barefoot kids who aren’t careful. For people into feudin’ and fightin. For people undergoing dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant. For daredevils. For people who fool around with guns. For little kids who manage to uncap a bottle full of something poison, et cetera, et cetera, and so forth.

Did you know –
Receiving a unit of blood takes two and a half to four hours. Recipients probably never know who or how many blood donors helped them, but they’re r-e-a-l-l-y glad someone did!

Well, you’ve finally gone and done it. You’ve decided to become a very special person by becoming a blood donor.

We’re happy about that so we’ve gave this information especially for you – so you’ll know what to expect when you give blood for the very first time.


Registration – A Red Cross volunteer will ask you for some information, such as your name, address, and social security number in order for us to maintain a record of you donations. (This part is, of course, painless but boring. It’ll be more fun if you bring a friend – especially a blood donor.)


Hemoglobin – A Red Cross volunteer will take a drop of blood from your ear to test it for iron. (Just make sure you have enough to share.)


Temperature & Pulse – Another volunteer nurse will check to see if both your pulse and temperature are within normal limits. (Sometimes we reverse steps 2 and 3 – just to see if you’re paying attention.)


Health History – Another volunteer Red Cross nurse will check your blood pressure and conduct a thorough health history interview. (Some of the questions are very personal but they are asked in complete privacy. Mum’s the word!)


Plastic Collection Pack – Yes, you have to take ALL three or four connected bags into the donor room with you. (Don’t worry, you only have to fill one. Whew!)


Donor Room – A Red Cross staff nurse will do the venipunture. This may pinch just a little for a second or two. The other five to seven minutes it takes to donate will be very pleasant – we practice TLC. (The hardest part here is holding your arm in the air after the donation is finished.)


Refreshments – A Red Cross volunteer will escort you to the refreshment area where you’ll enjoy something to eat and drink. This will help your body adjust to the slight change in fluid balance. (It also gives us a chance to ask you if you’d like to help us again.)

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