How to make a healthy donation
·Start by drinking lots of water the day before, as well as the same day you donate. Taking in extra fluids will greatly reduce your donation time.
·Prior to donating, EAT A WELL-BALANCED MEAL and avoid alcohol or beverages with caffeine.
·Avoid fatty and high-cholesterol food, especially 24 hours before donation
·Do not smoke a cigarette in the hour prior to coming to the center to donate.
·Maintain your iron and protein levels by eating a well-balanced diet.
·Finally, drink plenty of water after you donate to replenish fluids.
In short, take good care of yourself. It could become a habit! Proper food and adequate fluid intake are essential keys to a successful donation. We recommend the following:
·Drink 4-6 tall (8 ounce) glasses of water, fruit juice or another caffeine-free liquid at least 2 to 3 hours before donation. In addition, if you wish to continue donating on a regular basis, consume adequate fluids daily!
·Avoid caffeinated beverages because they dehydrate the body. Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, soft drinks (pop or soda unless they state “caffeine-free” on the label).
·Avoid alcohol of any type for 24 hours before you donate.
·Eat a meal prior to donation.
·A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sleep the night before donating.
After Your Donation
·Eat a light meal and drink more fluids than usual in the next 4 hours.
·Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
·Keep your venipuncture site clean and dry. The bandage may be removed after several hours.
·If there is bleeding from the venipuncture site, raise arm and apply pressure.
·If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or sit with head between the knees.
·If any symptoms persist, either telephone the center, return to our center OR see a Doctor.