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Home > SPHS Programs & Services > Mercy Medical Center > Blood Donor Program > Donating Blood: The Donation Process

Donating Blood: The Donation Process

Mercy Medical Center’s Blood Donor Program
Donating Blood: The Donation Process
30-45 minutes

REGISTRATION

HEALTH CHECK (performed by a trained staff member)
  • A mini physical will be performed in one of our private interview rooms which include temperature, blood pressure, pulse and Hemoglobin (iron) level.
  • Staff will then perform a quick overview of your questionnaire to make sure everything is complete.
DONATION
  • You will relax in a comfortable reclining chair.
  • A trained staff member will place a blood pressure cuff on your arm and clean an area of your arm.
  • A needle will then be inserted into a vein and for the next 5-10 minutes you will relax while your donation is collected.
  • When 450 ml (a pint) of blood is collected, the needle will be removed. The staff will then hold pressure on your arm and then place a bandage over the collection site.
POST DONATION
  • After your donation you will relax for about 5-10 minutes and be served some water or juice with a snack. This will help your body adjust to your donation before continuing on with your daily routine.
  • We will explain post donation instructions to you. You will also receive a set of instructions for your post donation care to take home with you and a number to reach us if any questions arise.
You will leave the donation center feeling great knowing you helped save up to three lives.

IT’S IN YOUR HEART TO GIVE BLOOD! BE A HERO!


For more information please feel free to contact us.


 
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