Keep the strip bandage on for the next several hours; to avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the bandage with soap and water.
Don’t do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure and raise your arm straight up for 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.
If you experience dizziness or light-headedness, stop what you’re doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better; avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.
Keep eating a well-balanced diet especially one rich in iron.
Ready to Help Save a Life?
Find a convenient blood drive near you and schedule an appointment to donate today.
Day of your donation:
Drink extra water (or other non-alcoholic drink) before your appointment.
Eat a healthy meal, avoiding fatty foods like hamburgers, fries or ice cream.
Wear a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up above your elbows.
Let us know if you have a preferred arm or particular vein that has been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read while you donate.
- Haemoglobin level should be 12.5g/dl
- Normal blood pressure
- Weight at 50kg and above
- Aged 16-65 years
- Donor should not be under any medication
- Donors should not have been vaccinated in the recent past
- Individual suffering from chronic illness like asthma, High blood pressure are not eligible
- Women are not allowed to donate during their menstrual period
- Breastfeeding and pregnant women are not allowed to donate
- DONATION FREQUENCY
Men: Every three months
Women: Every four months
Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet with foods rich in iron and high in vitamin C.