Tips for Your Blood Donation
We want to ensure that your donation experience is positive, successful and safe. Please follow our blood donation tips below.
Please note, if you have concerns regarding any of the recommended tips, please discuss with our scheduling team prior to your donation appointment.
Tips For a Successful Blood Donation
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water before, during and after your appointment. Try to avoid alcohol or caffeine beverages. A top reason for deferral is dehydration.
In the days leading up to your appointment, be sure to eat a diet rich in iron. Include food such as spinach, poultry and beans. Another top reason for deferral is anemia.
Get plenty of sleep
Be sure to get a good night’s sleep so you are well rested for your appointment. Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure we have time to welcome you and fill out the necessary paperwork.
Wear Comfy Clothes
Wear short sleeves that can be easily rolled above your elbow for blood donations. For bone marrow donations, please wear pants that can be pulled/rolled down at the hips.
Bring a Buddy
Don’t forget about our referral program! Refer 3 of your friends or family members and you’ll receive $25 for every three people who donate.