What To Bring - B Positive Today

Prepare to Donate at B Positive

New donors - sign up to schedule your first donation. 

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1. A valid photo ID.

You must bring one of the following:

  • Driver's license/State issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • School ID (along with a copy of your birth certificate)

2. Proof of your social security number. 

You must bring one of the following:
  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 or 1040 (that includes your full name and full social security number)
  • Military ID or Orders (that includes your full name and full social security number)
  • School Transcript (must show full name and full social security number)

3. Proof of address.

You must bring one of the following:
  • Driver's license/State-issued ID card (as long as address is current)
  • Paycheck stub (dated within last 90 days)
  • Mail with your name and address printed on the enveloped (postmarked within the last 30 days)
  • Copy of your household lease, mortgage or utility bill (dated within the last 90 days)

The name on your Photo ID must be an exact match to the name on your proof of Social Security Number - otherwise you will not be able to donate. 

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Before You Donate:

  • Avoid consuming fatty foods prior to donation. Foods such as ice cream, baked goods, fast food, and fried foods can give your plasma a milky appearance. This may interfere with lab tests and therefore we will not be able to use the plasma you donated
  • Eat a full meal within two hours of your donation appointment that is high in protein (avoid fatty, greasy foods and large amounts of dairy)
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake on the day you donate
  • Try not to smoke within a few hours of donating
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise just before donating

Donor Nutrition:

You can donate plasma twice in a seven-day period* (but not two days in a row). Prior to each donation we recommend that you do the following:

  • Drink plenty of water or juice
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before you donate
  • Eat a well-balanced meal within two hours of your donation appointment (avoid fatty, greasy foods and large amounts of dairy)
  • Pump up your protein and iron! A healthy protein and iron level are required for your donation. Eat foods such as meat, eggs, fish, cheese, nuts and beans to increase your protein. To help with iron, consume lean red meats, leafy green vegetables, tuna, beans and cereals high in iron. Taking a multi-vitamin may help bring your iron level to an acceptable range for plasma donation

After You Donate:

  • Eat a snack or light meal and drink more fluids than usual in the hours following your donation
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes
  • Do not engage in strenuous exercise or lifting weights for a 24-hour period after donation
  • Keep your needle stick site clean and dry. It is safe to remove the bandage after two or more hours
  • If there is any bleeding from the needle stick site, raise your arm above your heart and apply pressure. Change bandages as necessary
  • If fainting or dizziness occurs, lie down and ask someone to get you a sugary beverage (non-diet sodas and juices are best) and a cool towel for your neck and forehead
  • If any symptoms persist, please contact our facility and ask to speak to a qualified medical professional. If the symptoms are severe, please seek professional medical attention as soon as possible

*Please note that B Positive reserves the right to not allow an individual to donate twice in one week for any reason at any time.

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