Tips For Blood Donation

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

Drink Up

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.

Eat Healthy

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.

Bring your ID

For identification purposes, please bring your Driver’s license, State ID or Passport. Please review our complete list of acceptable ID options.

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.

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What our donors say

"I started donating blood with StemExpress in support of my husband and good friend who are both living with autoimmune conditions. Researchers need blood to help them develop new treatments. I encourage others to donate as well. It's a simple thing to do to help others.”



"StemExpress is fabulous. The building is clean, and the donation process is sterile and quick. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly.”



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Read our FAQs to answer your questions regarding the different types of donations, donor requirements, and our donation process.