Blood Cannot be manufactured; It can only come from donors
Blood is a specialized bodily fluid present in animals whose function is to deliver necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells.
Before Your Donation
  • 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.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
  • Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
After Your Donation
  • Drink an extra four (8 ounce) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours.
  • Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour.
  • Keep the strip bandage on for the next several hours.
  • To avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the strip bandage with soap and water
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
  • 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
  • Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.

Myth: Donating blood makes me feel low.
Fact: False. However, many people feel that donating blood makes them feel weak. Again, this isn’t true. The thread of truth here arises from the fact that it takes a day or two to replenish the fluid volume in the body and three months for the regeneration of red cells to donate more blood.

Myth: Blood donation is a painful procedure.
Fact: False. Donating blood is not painful at all. One only feels a slight pinching sensation when the needle pricks the arms.

Myth: I should not donate blood frequently; it will make my body weak.
Fact: False. A healthy person can donate blood four times a year with a minimum a 3 months’ gap between each blood donation.

Myth: Can donating blood make me feel stressed with episodes of severe headache and vomiting?
Fact: No, blood donation can not cause episodes of headache and vomiting if the blood pressure of the donor is within normal limits prior to donation.

Myth: I should not donate blood frequently; it will lower my body’s immunity level.
Fact: No, your body’s immunity level is not affected by blood donation.

Myth: Donating blood frequently can fluctuate my blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Fact: No, the blood pressure and blood sugar levels do not fluctuate provided the pre-donation values are within normal limits. A diabetic patient on insulin cannot donate blood.

Myth: Can donating blood at frequent intervals make my body iron deficient?
Fact: No, a healthy individual with good eating habits can donate blood four times a year with a gap of three months. It doesn’t make anybody iron deficient.

Myth: Blood donation takes a lot of time.
Fact: False. The whole procedure of blood donation from the time of registration takes approximately half an hour.

Blood Compatibility