Blood Donation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What will happen first?

A: You will be asked to provide some basic information such as your name, address, age, and so on. A medical history is taken and then a drop of blood is analyzed and your pulse, blood pressure and temperature are checked.

Q: How long does the donation take?

A: The procedure is done by a skilled, specially trained technician and takes 10 to 12 minutes. You will rest after donation, and enjoy refreshments. Plan to spend about an hour at the blood drive.

Q: How much blood is taken?

A: A unit, which is little less than a pint.

Q: How long will it take to replenish the pint?

A: Blood volume is replaced within 24 hours. Red cells need about 4 to 8 weeks for complete replacement. You need to wait 56 days or 8 weeks to donate again.

Q: How will I feel after donation?

A: Most people feel great! Donors who know what to expect and have eaten regular meals before donating are usually fine. After donating, drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.

Q: How soon after donating can I get back to my regular routine?

A: Right away. Just avoid lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for about 4 or 5 hours after giving blood.

Q: What happens to my blood after donating?

A: After donation, your blood will be tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV (AIDS antibody), HTLV-1, and syphilis. Then it can be used either as whole blood for one patient or, after separation into components (such as red cells, platelets, and plasma) to help several patients.

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Last Modified: January 16, 2014
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