What should you do after you donate? - B Positive Today

What should you do after you donate?


After the completion of their donation we encourage our donors to eat a snack or light meal and drink plenty of fluids following the donation. We also advise our donors to avoid smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol for a few hours after their donation. Donors should keep the needle stick site clean and dry and only remove bandages after two or more hours. If bleeding persists, donors should raise their donation arm above their heart and apply pressure. If fainting or dizziness occurs, donors should lie down and ask someone to get them a cold beverage (non-diet sodas and juices are best) and a cool towel for your neck and forehead. If any symptoms persist, we advise donors to contact our facility and ask to speak to a qualified medical professional. If one or more symptoms are severe, donors should seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.

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