FEAR OF A NEEDLEMany first-time donors come to their donation with a fear of needles but most find the donation process is easy and relatively painless. Here are some tips to help you make it through your first donation.
You're a Hero to SomeoneFocus on the lives you may be helping to save by donating blood. By giving a single pint of blood, you may help save as many as three lives. You will feel just a slight pinch, and it's over in seconds. The difference you can make may last a lifetime.
Learn About the ProcessMake yourself familiar with the blood donation process – this will help you feel prepared for each step. And feel free to ask questions if you want to learn more.
Team MSL Listens to MusicYou don't have to look at the donation procedure. Bring a music player with you, read a book, talk with our staff or just close your eyes and relax.
Let them knowWhen you arrive for your blood donation, tell the person who greets you that you are afraid of needles. Our staff will be there to talk with you and assist you during your donation.
Bring a FriendMany donors enjoy donating with a friend both for the moral support and for celebrating the good they've done together.
BE READY TO DONATE
HydrateBe sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.
Wear Something ComfortableWear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before DonatingIf possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.
Bring a List of Medications You Are TakingWe will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
Bring an IDPlease bring your donor card, or a driver's license or two other forms of identification.
Bring a FriendBring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.
Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.
The Process of Donation Has 4 Steps.
1. Registration about 20 min and a small wait time.
2. Health History about 10 min
3. The Donation about 12 min
4. Cookies and Juice about 15 min
Total of approximately 1 hour.
Blood donation needs to be a great experience for everyone so you may have a short wait before you start the process.