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Blood DonationIf you've never given blood before, you may wonder what it's like. How big is the needle? What the heck is a phlebotomist? What kind of cookie do I get afterwards? We've put together a tour to show you just how easy it is to save lives.
This is the first part – and probably the easiest. You will be required to give your name, address and a photo ID, such as your drivers' license or school ID. Don't forget your photo ID!
This is the part where a phlebotomist checks your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and iron level. You'll also answer questions about your health to make sure you are healthy enough to give blood and that your blood will be safe to give to patients who need it.
Another phlebotomist draws your blood using a brand new, sterile needle. The actual draw takes less than ten minutes. Once the draw is complete, the needle will be removed and you will be asked to apply pressure to the area and raise your arm in the air for just a few minutes.
Eating and drinking is important before and after giving blood. We have all kinds of juice and cookies. Take a few minutes to relax and read the post-donation instructions. They were written with your health and safety in mind.
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