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How to Prepare

Donating blood is easy! There are 4 steps to donate:

1. Tell us your medical history - The Food and Drug Administration sets the questions and the rules for safe donation.

2. Receive a free mini-physical to ensure you are healthy enough to donate.

3. Donate Blood! ( This step takes less than 15 minutes. )

4. Refresh - Eat a snack and drink a beverage to replenish before you leave.

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Additional Details About Donation:

  • A picture I.D. or your Shepeard Donor Card is required upon registration.
  • A drop of blood is taken from your fingertip to determine your hematocrit (iron) level.

During your donation . . .

  • Your screening process is now complete and the staff member will ask you which arm you prefer to use for the donation process
  • A staff member will clean a spot on the arm and insert a sterile, non-reusable needle
  • Important note: All equipment is pre-packaged, sterile, and used only once, it is impossible to get AIDS from donating blood
  • It takes about 10 minutes to complete your donation
  • Slightly less than a pint of blood is taken (Most adults have between 10 and 12 pints or units in their bodies)
  • Small test tubes of blood are filled and used for typing and testing purposes

After your donation . . .

  • You may rest and enjoy refreshments (and drinks) in the canteen area
  • Your body replaces fluid lost during the donation within 24-48 hours
  • You are encouraged to make an appointment for your next volunteer donation.
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