Entire procedure last 30 minutes in average and includes the following: filling out the donor questionnaire, registration form, general health condition screening, blood drawing from a vein on the inside of the elbow and finally some snacks and refreshments.
Filling out the donor questionnaire is significant to be sure that the donation is safe for you and that your blood is safe to transfuse to others. All information obtained this way is confidential and will be used only for the transfusion needs.
Thereafter, doctor of medicine takes out a drop of blood to test your hemoglobin level to make sure you are eligible to give blood, reviews your earlier blood donations and medical records, past results of blood testing as well as the period from the last donation.
He/she can give directions concerning specific clinical research or consultative examinations in the other healthcare facilities if needed due to complete insight into the donor’s health condition.
Each person interested in blood donation is being tested on blood type ABO and Rhesus, along with transmitted disease risk factors i.e. hepatitis B and C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and syphilis.
The actual process of drawing blood takes about 8 to 10 minutes.