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Blood Donation Basics
07 Dec 2021
Giving blood is simple — just make an appointment, show up, and your donor care specialist will take care of the rest.
Having said that, we encourage you to brush up on our blood donation requirements so you’ll be more confident about the process and better prepared!
There are also a few do’s and don’ts you should follow. First, here are five things NOT to do before giving blood:
Some extra advice: Be sure to keep your bandage dry, and don’t remove until at least five hours after your donation. And for all you gym enthusiasts out there, take a break from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 24 hours following the blood-collection portion of your appointment. Think of it as an excuse to take a night off and binge your favorite show.
Now that you know what not to do, here are some things we encourage you to do before donating blood:
One in every 7 people entering a hospital will need blood, and patient need is constant.
Seeing as you know the ins and outs of blood donation, you’re ready to perform an everyday act of heroism.
Start saving lives by scheduling your blood donation appointment today.
Published by: Jeremy T. — Vitalant Contributor
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Ready to donate, but unsure if you qualify? Or maybe you’ve been deferred in the past — but that doesn’t necessarily mean you still can’t donate. View our most up-to-date eligibility requirements.
Then, use any donate button to schedule an appointment.