Blood Donation 101
Wait for Staff
Once the blood donation is complete, please wait for staff to assist you before attempting to rise from the donor bed or chair.
Drinks and Snacks
Drink about 12 oz. of fluid and eat something before you leave. Do not leave until you feel well and have been released by staff.
Keep it On
Leave the bandage on for at least four hours to prevent bruising.
Alcohol & Smoking
Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic) than usual in the next 24 hours. Do not smoke for the next four hours.
Limit Your Activity
Avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 hours.
Now that you're finished, don't forget to schedule your next blood donation in 56 days for whole blood donors, 112 days for double red cell donors, and 14 days for platelet donors.