It's amazing what sixty minutes can do
Preparation is important in order to have the best possible blood donation experience, and even save the most lives. So before you donate remember to:
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water
- Keep your body well hydrated in preparation for a loss in body fluid.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol or caffeinated beverages that dehydrate the body.
- Get adequate rest
- Typically, you should get a good night's sleep the night before your donation.
- Eat a hearty meal
- Be sure to have a good breakfast the morning of your donation and full meals throughout the day.
- Include iron-rich foods in your diet
- An iron-rich diet can help keep hemoglobin levels within an acceptable range for donating. Consistent, long-term consumption of meats, leafy green vegetables and/or other iron-rich foods is the key.
- Know the countries where you’ve traveled and when you visited them
- In accordance with FDA regulations, donors may be deferred based on travel to areas exposed to vCJD (the human form of mad cow disease), malaria or other illnesses during specified time frames.
- Know your medical conditions. Additionally, know the medications and amounts you’re taking
- For your safety and the safety of blood recipients, donors on certain medications may be deferred or required to wait before donating.