What to Expect During Your Donation

Donating blood with Community Blood Bank is a safe and simple process.

 

General Requirements for Donating

  • A donor must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed Parent Consent Form.)

  • Be in good general health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

  • It is recommended the donor eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.

  • An I.D. is required at the time of donation.

 

Usually the registration table will be located within the building of the organization hosting the blood drive.  You will be asked to confirm your name, address and birth date.  Please bring an I.D. with you.  You will be asked to read some information about your donation process.

 

Interview and Mini-Physical

Our donor services staff will guide you through a mini-physical consisting of checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron levels. You will be ask questions regarding risk behaviors, travel, medications, medical conditions and other information required by the FDA.

 

Your Whole Blood Donation

Your donation of blood will be equivalent to about one pint or 495 ml.   The actual donation will take about 7-10 minutes. You may feel a small pinch upon the needle insertion, this slight discomfort will dimension quickly.

 

Refreshments and Relaxation

At the completion of your donation, you can enjoy refreshments to help replenish your fluids (juice, pop, water and cookies). After you are done with refreshments you are free to resume your normal activities for the day.

 

Thank you for saving lives and making the difference!

 

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