Some Blood Tips for Healty Donor

Before Your Donation

1. Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
2. Get a good night's sleep.
3. Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
4. If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.

During Your Donation

1. Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
2. Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
3. Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
4. Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.

After Your Donation

1. Drink an extra four (8 ounce) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours.
2. Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour.
3. To avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the strip bandage with soap and water.
4. If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.

Blood products

To provide maximum benefit from each blood donation and to extend shelf-life, blood banks fractionate some whole blood into several products. The most common of these products are packed RBCs, plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitate, and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). FFP is quick-frozen to retain the labile clotting factors V and VIII, which are usually administered to patients who have a potentially fatal clotting problem caused by a condition such as advanced liver disease, overdose of anticoagulant, or disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).



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