Blood donation is a simple 4-step process:
---Step 1 - Registration: You will get signed in and go over basic eligibility and donation information. You will read information about donating blood and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other forms of ID.
---Step 2 - Mini-physical: You will receive a mini-physical to check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin.
---Step 3 - Donation: The actual donation takes about 10 minutes during which you will be seated comfortably. The process is safe and sterile.
---Step 4 - Refreshments - After donating, you will have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments
area. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing you have helped save lives!
The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatments.
A car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.