3 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DONATION
  
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3 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DONATION



Published On: July 28, 2014, by Neat Buzz, Mark Wilson, Washington
Tag: Blood, Donation , Rating: 4.5

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Here are 3 Tips for a Successful blood Donation



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BEFORE YOUR DONATION

 

- In the days before your donation, eat healthy, iron-rich foods such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins. This will help maintain a healthy iron level. The number one reason for deferrals (especially women) is anemia
- Get a good night`s sleep
- At least 3 hours before donating, eat a balanced meal and avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries, or ice cream
- Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation; you can be deferred for dehydration
- Remember that your system must be free of aspirin for three days (72 hours) or ibuprofen for 24 hours prior to donation
- Remember to bring a valid photo ID, a list of medications you are taking, and a list of places you have visited outside of the U.S. in the past 3 years

3 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DONATION
  

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DURING YOUR DONATION

 

- Wear clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that can be raised above the elbow
- If you have a preference of arm or vein that you like the phlebotomist to use for your donation, let them know
- Relax, listen to music, talk to others, or simply just catch up on some reading on our comfortable donor lounge chairs designed specifically for apheresis donations, which are equipped for our donors to surf the internet or watch movies
- Enjoy an assortment of refreshments in our canteen area immediately after donating

3 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DONATION
  

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AFTER YOUR DONATION

 

- Drink plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours to replenish any fluids you lost during donation
- Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about 24 hours after donation
- If you feel light headed, lie down, preferably with feet elevated, until the feeling passes
- If something doesn`t feel right, call the Donor Center`s toll-free number provided to you after your donation
- Enjoy your day and know that you have made a positive difference!

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