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What to Expect During Your Donation

Donating blood with Community Blood Bank is a safe and simple process.

General Requirements for Donating

  • A donor must be 17 years old (16 with a signed Parental Consent Form)
  • Be in good general health and weigh at least 110lbs.
  • Eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.
  • I.D. is required at the time of donation.

Steps to Donate

Registration
Usually the registration table will be located within the building of the organization hosting the blood drive. You will be asked to confirm your name, address, and birth date. Please bring an I.D. with you. You will be asked to read some information about your donation process.
Interview and Mini-Physical
Our donor services staff will guide you through a mini-physical consisting of checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and iron levels. You will be asked questions regarding risk behaviors, travel, medications, medical conditions, and other information required by the FDA. Please tell us if you have ever taken any of these medications.
Donating
Your donation of blood will be equivalent to about one pint or 495 ml. The actual donation will take about 7-10 minutes. You may feel a small pinch upon the needle insertion, this slight discomfort will diminish quickly.
Refreshments and Relaxation
At the completion of your donation, you can enjoy refreshments to help replenish your fluids (juice, pop, water, and cookies). After you are done with refreshments you are free to resume your normal activities for the day.
After Giving Blood

  • Eat or drink something before leaving.
  • Do not smoke for one half-hour
  • Drink more fluids than usual in the next four hours.
  • If there is bleeding from the phlebotomy site, raise arm and apply pressure.
  • If faint or dizzy, either lie down or sit down with your head between your knees.
  • You may resume all normal activities after about a half-hour if you feel well.
  • It is best not to do strenuous work or exercise, or have alcohol, until after you’ve eaten.

What happens to my blood after donation?

Each unit of blood is typed ABO and if the blood is positive or negative for Rh factor.
Other tests conducted include:

  • HBV (Hepatitis B virus)
  • HCV (Hepatitis C virus)
  • HIV
  • HTLV (Human T-cell Lymphotropic virus)
  • Syphllis
  • Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT for West Nile virus)

It is unusual to find donated blood that carries disease. Those units of blood that are found to be infectious are destroyed, and the donor is notified confidentially.

The combination of pre-donation screening and this stringent testing make blood from Community Blood Bank extremely safe for transfusion.

After the blood has been divided into its components, passed all tests, and has been properly tayped and labeled, it is stored in large refrigerators and freezers at Sanford Medical Center or Avera McKennan Hospital. It is at this time when the blood is ready to be distributed to your local hospitals for patients in need.

The FDA regulates every step of blood preparation.

Questions / Problems
Call us if…

  • For some reason you do not want your donation to be used.
  • You become ill within 48 hours.

Contact us at Avera McKennan Blood Bank (605) 322-7111 or Sanford USD Medical Center Blood Bank (605) 333-7082, Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm.

If you Experience…
If you experience significant arm pain that lasts 24 hours or more, or have other medical questions or concerns related to your donation, contact at one of our Donation Locations.