Have you completed your first donation at B Positive Plasma and look forward to returning for a second donation? If yes, then you are likely wondering what to expect the second time you visit the center. Look no further than this post for B Positive Insider's notes on what your second donation will be like!
It is still important to prepare your body
- Hydrate: Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily and 4-6 glasses prior to your donation to ensure proper hydration before and after you donate
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Again, it is always important to eat healthy the day before and the day you donate. Snack on plenty of green, leafy vegetables, fruit, and lean protein to boost your iron and protein levels for optimal donation. Stay away from fried, fatty, greasy foods the day before and the day you donate to avoid donating a lipemic (fatty) unit that cannot be used
- Make Healthy Choices: Get 6-8 hours of sleep prior to donating, limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption and avoid smoking before your donation
Step 1: Check In – at the kiosk!
That's right! You can walk in and go straight to an available check in kiosk to complete your Health History Questionnaire (HHQ) for your second donation. You should have no trouble completing the HHQ, but if the screen stops you during the process, see one of our friendly Receptionists.
Step 2: Wait for your name to appear on the Donor Queue screen*
Once you have completed the HHQ, you may sit in the waiting area across from Reception and look for your name to appear in red on the left-hand side of the screen. This means a screening booth is ready for you, so you can just walk to your assigned booth!
You may not step outside after you are checked in. Instructions in the booth will tell you to check in with a Receptionist if you need to leave the waiting area. If you are not in the waiting area when your name is called, your appointment will be canceled and you will need to check-in again and will be at the end of the queue.
*In our College Park center, Reception will call you to screening.
Step 3: Screening
Just as at your first donation, a medical assistant or nurse will check your vitals including temperature, pulse, and blood pressure, record your weight and take a drop of your blood to test for protein levels and number of red blood cells in your blood to determine if your body is safe to donate. The screening stage occurs before you donate each time.
Step 4: Complete your donation
Once your screening is completed, you will walk the hallway towards the donor floor to complete your donation. You may have to wait a few minutes until a donor bed is ready for you. One of our friendly phlebotomists will greet you and begin your procedure. If you have any questions about the procedure, feel free to ask a phlebotomist – don't feel shy because it's your second time!
While you donate, you can relax and watch TV or use our free donor Wi-Fi for your phone or tablet. If your battery is running low for your devices, you can plug into our charging station located on your donor bed! Be sure to only use your free arm and keep your donating arm straight.
Step 5: Get paid, save lives
Compensation is paid onto your reloadable B Positive Visa loyalty card within 30 minutes of completing your donation. If you misplace your card, see a Receptionist to receive a new one – first replacement is free, but if you misplace your card a second time, you will be charged a $6.50 fee.
If you are still within 30 days of your first visit, you will earn $50 for your second, third, fourth, and fifth complete donations. After 30 days you are compensated based on your weight and how often you donate per month. Additionally, you are eligible for monthly bonus promotions.
If you haven't signed up yet to earn $50 each for your first 5 complete donations and save a life by giving blood plasma, what are you waiting for? Get started at www.myplasmacenter.com!
Get lucky in March with B Positive Plasma's 7th anniversary promotions! There's 3 bonus weeks, a $100 loyalty reward when you complete your 7th donation, and you can earn $35 for EVERY FIRST-TIME DONOR YOU REFER when they include your full name when they sign up online! There is no limit to how many friends you can refer, but hurry because this amount is a LIMITED-TIME OFFER that expires 3/31!