TYPES OF DONATIONS
WHAT'S RIGHT FOR MY TYPE?
What Happens When I Give Blood?
#1. REGISTER. Your name, address and a photo ID (such as your driver’s license) are required.
#2. QUALIFY. You will be asked questions about your health, including medical history, current medications and recent surgeries. These questions ensure you are healthy enough to give blood and that your blood will be safe to give to patients who need it. Next, a phlebotomist will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and iron level, which requires a quick finger stick.
#3. DONATE. Another phlebotomist will then draw your blood. Brand new, sterile supplies are used for each donation. The actual blood draw takes less than ten minutes. Except for a small needle stick at the start, the process is painless. Once the draw is complete, the needle will be removed and you will be asked to apply pressure to the area and raise your arm for a few minutes. Most donors feel fine after giving blood.
#4. RELAX. The Coastal Bend Blood Center provides water, juice and cookies, and we ask that you relax a few minutes before leaving. Take a little time to read the post-donation instructions; they were written with your health and safety in mind.
If your hemoglobin levels tend to be low, you may consider adding iron-rich foods to your diet. These foods include meats (especially red meat and liver), fish and eggs. Beans, grains, nuts, some dried fruit and green vegetables can also pump up your iron intake.