Donation Process

DONATE BLOOD
Follow these steps to save lives

Understanding the steps listed below— ahead of your donation — can ensure you have a successful and rewarding experience.

STEP 1
Preparation

Leading up to your donation, make sure you drink plenty of water. We also recommend eating a well-balanced meal two hours prior to your donation. Check your eligibility.

STEP 2
Registration

Remember to bring your ID and complete our QuickScreen questionnaire online on the day of your donation. A photo ID is necessary in order to proceed with donation.

STEP 3
Health screening

A trained Carter BloodCare staff member will go over your health history with you. This will include checking your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, hemoglobin, and that you weigh the minimum requirement of 110 pounds.

STEP 4
Donation

Your phlebotomist will ask you to lie back and relax while your arm is cleaned with an antiseptic. Your blood will be drawn with a new, disposable sterile needle. Once you’re in the donation bed, the process lasts approximately 10 minutes for whole blood. Automated donation times vary.

STEP 5
After donation

It’s important that you replenish with fluids after donating to minimize any adverse effects. We invite you to wait and recover for 15 minutes while enjoying a complimentary snack and beverage.

STEP 6
Check wellness test results

Three days after your donation, log-in to check your mini-physical results, your blood type and redeem your Dedicated Donor Rewards points.

If you have any questions or concerns after donating blood, contact our Donor Advocate at 877-351-3600 or donoradvocate@carterbloodcare.org

ELIGIBILITY
Can I donate blood?

Find out if you are able to donate.