“Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation, “ commented Crystal Eastman, at the community blood drive last week.

 

“Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation, “ commented Crystal Eastman, at the community blood drive last week.
According to the American Red Cross, only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.  From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves.  The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood. 
“Many curious donors are uncertain as to what really happens when you give blood, and allow that uncertainty to cloud their decision,” said Eastman. 

Before blood donations, here are some things that you can do:
 
• Hydrate - Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.
• Wear something comfortable - Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
• Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet before donating - If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.
• Bring a list of medications you are taking.
• We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
• Bring an ID - Please bring your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification.
• Bring a friend - Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.
• Relax!

Giving Blood is not like pulling teeth

Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.  Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others.  The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour.  The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. 

The steps in
the process are:

Step 1: Registration
Staff and volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other form(s) of ID.
Step 2: Health history and mini physical
You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.
We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.
Step 3: The Donation
Staff or a volunteer will cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand new sterile needle for the blood draw. This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.  Certain donation types, such as platelets, red cells or plasma (aphaeresis donations) can take up to 2 hours.
When approximately a pint of blood has been collected, the donation is complete.