Donating blood has become an important part of the medical world. The Red Cross alone sponsors more than 145,000 blood drives per year! When more blood drives are hosted, more facilities can be utilized, which means more people can find convenient locations to donate. If you are a first-time donor, donating blood can be an intimidating process. But if you know what to expect beforehand it can be a much easier and smoother process!
Let us walk you through the blood donation process so that you can be prepared.
The first thing that will happen is the registration process.
A nurse will take your information and type it into a computer system. This system will note every time you donate, keeping track of how much blood you give as well as what your blood type is.
After you register at the computer, you will be given a document to read over and sign. This document will let you know the risks, safety information, and other basic information you might, or might not, want to know.
Once you read and sign the document you may have to wait in line, depending on how busy the facility is at the time. After your wait, you will be taken to a table to get your blood drawn. Many facilities have curtained off sections, but most blood drives are in open rooms, such as gyms, where there is no privacy.
As soon as you are seated on a treatment table or chair, a nurse will use an alcohol wipe to sanitize the skin around the area where the blood will be drawn. Then, the nurse will insert a sterilized needle into your arm and draw the blood. The standard amount that people donate is one pint. You can opt to give two pints if you feel so inclined. The process of actually drawing the blood only takes about 10-12 minutes.
After your blood is drawn, you might feel dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous.
Typically, blood drives offer a snack table for those who have donated. It is recommended that you sit at the table for fifteen minutes and eat a sugary snack and drink water or lemonade. Stay seated until you no longer are dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous. It is possible for you to pass out, but this usually doesn’t happen. The nurses and volunteers are both trained to lay you down and prop your feet up if it seems like you are close to passing out. Don’t worry! Most people don’t have any issue with this and leave the facility just fine!
Once you have waited fifteen minutes or until you are feeling good, you are free to leave! Congratulations! You have just save three lives!
We hope that this has given you a better idea of what it will be like when you go to donate blood! Thank you for volunteering!
There will be a blood drive on December 13th from 8:30-11:00am! This blood drive is hosted by the people of MedStaffers. Check out the MedStaffer website at http://medstaffers.net/ to learn more about the MedStaffer home care services and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/