After you have scheduled your appointment to donate blood, you must fulfill some basic requirements outlined below:
Preparing to Donate
To donate blood and platelets we ask that you have a full meal and drink plenty of fluids.
For platelet donations, please refrain from taking aspirin and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Blood Donation Process
When donating please prepare for the following things:
- Whole blood donations can take 30-45 minutes if you meet all of the requirements.
- Platelet donations can take up to two hours depending on your platelet count and if you meet all requirements.
- Photo ID is required to donate blood or platelets.
- Prepare to read some basic information, give your medical history and have a mini physical.