The Donation Process Step by Step
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. The steps in the process are:
Step 1: Registration
- Our staff and volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
- You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other
form(s) of ID.
Step 2: Health History & Mini-Physical
You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.
We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.
Step 3: The Donation
- We will 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.
The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably. Certain donation types, such as platelets, red cells or plasma (apheresis donations) can take up to 2 hours.
- When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.
Step 4: Refreshments
After donating, you should have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities.
Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives.