What you must know to donate plasma and platelets
Your presence here is voluntary. You may leave at any time. If you do decide to leave, please inform one of our team members.
- Drinking fluids before, during and after your donation as well as eating something salty, will help maintain your blood volume and improve your donation experience.
- Let us know if you are feeling dizzy or unwell at any time.
- Let us know if you are allergic to latex or the powder used in medical gloves.
- Whether or not you donate, your information may be kept on file.
- Iron deficiency may occur over time from the loss of blood taken for testing. Red blood cells are rich in hemoglobin which contains iron. A diet rich in iron is advised for all donors. If you donate frequently, ask your health care provider about taking iron supplements and the need to check your iron stores (ferritin).
After you leave the donor centre
- Continue to drink plenty of fluids such as water or juice (avoid alcoholic beverages) throughout the rest of your day.
- If you feel faint and you are driving, pull over. Resume driving only when you have fully recovered or call for help.
- When you get home, remove the bandage and wash the donation area with soap and water to prevent a rash.
- You should avoid strenuous activity for six to eight hours and heavy lifting for 24 hours after donating.
- Jobs that expose you to risk (such as bus drivers and heavy equipment operators) may also require some time off.