Donate Blood - Save a Life
|Who Can Donate Blood?
If you are in good health, 17 years of age or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds, you will probably meet the medical requirements to give blood. In most countries, there is no upper age limit for donors. Please call your local, independent community blood center with any questions.
Temporary deferments may be necessary for those with colds, flu, recent pregnancy, surgery or serious illness.
People Taking Medications Donate Blood?
Travelling Abroad Make Me Ineligible to Donate Blood?
if I Have a Tattoo or Have My Body Pierced?
Body-piercing does not make a person ineligible to donate
if done by a professional, licensed establishment. Non-professional
body-piercing prevents a donor from giving blood for about one year.
What Can I Expect as a
STEP ONE: Locate the nearest blood center. Schedule an appointment or you may go there directly. The average blood donation process takes about one hour from start to finish. The actual donation takes six to eight minutes.
STEP TWO: Register to donate. .
STEP THREE: Complete medical screening. A medical professional will take your vital signs and ask you questions about your general medical health and lifestyle in a private setting. It is during this process that you may be temporarily or permanently deferred.
STEP FOUR: Prepare for your blood donation. A medical professional will clean your arm and use a sterilized needle. Each needle is used only once and then discarded. There is no chance of contracting AIDS or any other communicable disease from donating blood.
STEP FIVE: Relax in the canteen. After you give blood, you will be asked to stay a minimum of 10 minutes. During this time, you will be served refreshments, including juice and cookies, in order to raise your blood sugar and replenish your fluids.
STEP SIX: Donate again! You may give the gift of life as often as every eight weeks.
Instructions for Blood
Donors After Donation