Donating blood is safe and simple
From registration to refreshments, the entire process of donating blood takes about one hour and includes the following six steps:
1. Paperwork: Each donor is given a questionnaire to fill out.
2. Mini-physical: We will check your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin level).
3. Confidential Interview: We will review your medical history with you.
4. Blood Collection: A new, sterile and disposable needle is used to draw one pint of your blood,
which only takes about five to eight minutes.
5. Rest: Remain seated for a few minutes.
6. Eat: Be sure to have some refreshments before you leave and enjoy hearty meals throughout the day.
You’ve saved lives. Now what?
Here are some tips to help you feel your best:
- Drink lots of fluids (eight 8-ounce glasses). This will replace the lost fluid volume in less than a day, and the lost proteins. Within six to eight weeks your red blood cells are restored.
- Eat a healthy, hearty meal.
- Leave the bandage on your arm for at least four hours and avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking for a half hour after donating.
- If you feel anything out of the ordinary after you leave the Blood Bank’s donor center or mobile, immediately lie down, then call the Blood Bank’s nursing services at (808) 845-4745 for guidance.
- If you get sick with a cold or flu in the next few days, please call us. If you don’t feel well, for the safety of the patient who may receive your blood, we will recall your pint of blood, if possible, and not use it.
- If you have any reason to believe your blood may not be safe to give to another person, please call us immediately.
Remember, every two seconds someone needs blood. You're eligible to donate again in eight weeks. So before you leave the donation site, please schedule your next appointment.
Someone is counting on your next donation.