Donation Process

Registration

You will be asked for personal information such as name, address, and phone number. Please be sure to have a photo ID with you. You will be given information that explains the donation process and a health history form to complete.

Health History and Mini-Physical

The Health History form asks a number of questions on a variety of topics.  It is used to help determine donor eligibility. After you complete the health history form, a staff member will take you to a private screening room to review your health history, take your blood pressure, temperature, and test a drop of blood to make sure that you have a satisfactory volume of red blood cells. Platelet donors will also be tested for an adequate platelet count. Finally, we'll need to know the name of any prescription medications that you take and places you have traveled in the past three years.

Donation

Be sure to eat a meal within four hours of your donation.

Your arm is thoroughly cleaned and a needle is inserted into your vein. The blood flows through sterile tubing into a collection bag.

Every time an individual gives blood, a new needle and all new tubing are used and discarded. There is no risk of getting an infectious disease such as HIV, AIDS or hepatitis from donating blood.

Refreshment

The final step of the donation process is by far the most popular, cookies and juice! Sit back, relax, and enjoy your snack.