The Process of Blood Donation

You can prepare for donating blood by knowing the process. Local blood banks may have different requirements, but there are four main steps in most states.

January is National Blood Donor Month, an excellent reminder that giving blood is a simple and safe way to make a massive difference in the lives of others.

The four steps of blood donation

You can prepare for donating blood by knowing what happens before, during, and after you donate. Local blood banks may have different requirements, but in most states, to be eligible, you need to be 16 years or older to donate blood and be at least 17 to donate platelets. Also, you need to weigh at least 110 pounds and be healthy and feeling well. Once all these requirements are met, the process goes as follows:

What happens after the donation?

The blood is kept on ice before being taken to a blood bank center for processing. At the same time, your test tubes arrive at a testing laboratory, where they get tested for blood type and search for infectious diseases. Once the results are received, the blood units suitable for transfusion are labeled and stored. The blood is distributed, and once it is in hospitals, it is ready to save lives.

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Benefits of blood donation

Blood donation is not dangerous; it is a simple and safe procedure with some potential benefits for people who regularly donate, such as:

  • Donating blood helps restore blood and lower iron levels.
  • Triglycerides and cholesterol levels are lower in those who give blood periodically.
  • To know you helped and probably saved someone else’s life.

At Signature Health Services, we are proud of all the registered nurses and licensed therapists essential to the blood donation process, as they almost entirely conduct it. So please, donate if you are eligible and as much as possible so that we can save a patient’s life.

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