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BLOOD DONATION BASIC TIPS


 BLOOD Donation Basic Requirements

  • Basic requirements are:
     
  • Be in generally good health and feeling well.
     
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
     
  • Be 17 years of age up to 85
     
  • There may be additional requirements for some automated donations
     
  • Eat Iron rich foods.
     
  • Drink plenty of water the night and morning before you donate.
     
  • Eat breakfast to help keep your blood sugar up.
     
  • Eat iron rich for example, spinach, whole grains, eggs, and beef.
     
  • Avoid fatty foods for twenty-four hours before you donate
     
  • Avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
     
  • Ask for a blanket if your hands or feet start to feel cold.
     
  • Have a snack after the donation. Rest for a few minutes enjoying your snack before leaving the donation site.
     
  • Eat a meal high in protein after your donation: beef, chicken or legumes are excellent choices.
     
  • You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
     
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.
     

Nervous ? Read this :

  • Will I feel tired ?
    You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
  • Will I be bedridden for the rest of the day ?
    You can resume all your normal activities, though you're asked to refrain. 
  • Will I be in danger of having low blood ?
    If you are verified to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
  • Ahh - Syringes ! How much will it hurt ?
    No, you will not feel any pain.
  • Does one feel dizzy after this ?
    You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.
  • Oh My God ! I'll get AIDS !
    No! Make sure disposable syringes are used and all measures are taken to keep you germ free.

 

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