Giving blood only takes about an hour of your time. You will be asked to fill out a confidential health questionnaire about your medical history and be given a “mini” physical to check your blood iron level, blood pressure, temperature and pulse. The actual donation process only takes about 15 minutes as you sit back in a comfortable chair and watch your favorite television show. After your donation, you’re invited to relax and have a light snack or juice. Afterwards, you can go back to your normal schedule.
Donating blood is one of the few things a person can do that makes a real life-saving difference. For safety reasons, certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to donate. Details of each donor’s health and activities are discussed with a donor center nurse in a confidential setting prior to blood donation. The final determination for eligibility is made at that time.
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