Preparation is key to successful blood donationHealthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.
Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and to help ensure a good donation experience.
The Red Cross recommends:
•Getting a good night’s sleep.
•Eating a good breakfast or lunch.
•Drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.
•Avoiding caffeinated beverages.
•Eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.
“Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and 112 days for double red cell donations.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in this area include:
•?January 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Armory, 311 Broadway Street, Alexandria.
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.