Arrange a perfect slot for you that suits your availability which is convenient to you.
Eat some foods that have rich source of iron like dark green leafy vegetables, oats, tofu, and dried fruits.
Make sure to eat properly and drink lots of fluids the night before your donation, so you have enough energy to give to the cause.
Before donating blood, make sure you don't take an aspirin for two days. Learn More about platelet donations. By donating with a friend, you can do twice as much good! Download the bloodLinks app to receive appointment reminders, location finder and much more.
After taking proper rest, its time to reach at the location with your required ID proof and other medication prescription if any.
Before your appointment, drink 500 ML of water (or other nonalcoholic beverage) or eat a nutritious meal. Avoid fatty foods like hamburgers, French fries, or ice cream. Choose a shirt with sleeves that you can roll up above your elbows. Let us know if you have a favorite arm or vein from which you've received successful blood draws in the past. Donating is also a perfect time to listen to music, talk to other donors, or read.
Have a nutritious meal post donating your blood. Keep yourself hydrated and avoid liquor for the next 1 day.
Apply a bandage to the needle site for the next several hours to prevent a skin rash; afterwards, clean the area around the bandage with soap and water and do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day. If the needle site begins to bleed, apply pressure and raise your arm straight up for 5-10 minutes to stop the bleeding. If you become dizzy or lightheaded, stop what you are doing and lie or sit down until you feel better; avoid performing any activity where fainting may result in injury for at least 24 hours.
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