Are you considering donating blood? Here is a step-by-step guide and a few tips to make your donation process run smoothly. The entire process will take an hour or less. 


Before you donate . . .

  • avoid alcohol consumption
  • avoid over-the-counter medications
  • avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • eat healthy iron-rich foods
  • get plenty of rest the night before
After you donate . . .
  • avoid exercising
  • avoid smoking
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • eat healthy iron-rich foods

1 Arrival

Once you arrive at the center or drive you will show identification and fill out a brief health and travel history form.



  • The staff will ask a few questions about your health and travel history.
  • A mini exam will be performed, including a finger prick and recording of your temperature, weight, and blood pressure.
  • If your mini physical and health and travel history are acceptable, you will be able to donate blood.

3 Donation

After the mini exam, the actual donation will take less than 10 minutes.


Snack Time

Rest, relax, and enjoy a snack and drink before you leave.


5 Repeat

Blood donation does not need to be a one-time thing. You can donate as often as every 56 days or eight weeks.

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