WHY DONATE BLOOD?
Here in the Central Valley, we embrace the uniqueness of each person while working together to make it a home for all. A big part of that has been sharing our blood with local people who need it most, from accident and burn victims, to patients battling cancer or receiving organ transplants. To help make sure there’s an adequate supply of blood is available for your family, friends, and neighbors your donation is needed at one of our convenient centers or one of the many mobile blood drives held every day around the Central Valley.
Schedule an appointment to donate today!
WHY DONATE BLOOD?
WHAT TO EXPECT
Blood donation is a simple four-step process.
A photo ID is required to register, then you’ll be asked to verify your name and address.
- Mini-Physical and Interview
The mini-physical consists of checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and iron level. In the confidential interview, a trained interviewer will ask questions about your general health and medical history, as well as questions concerning risk behaviors, foreign travel and other subjects. Your mini-physical and interview are conducted to ensure that giving blood is healthy for you and that your blood is as safe as possible for the recipient(s). All information gathered during the physical and interview is kept strictly confidential.
- Whole Blood Donation
The collection of a unit, about one pint of blood takes about 15 minutes. You may feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted, but most donors do not feel any pain for the duration of the donation. Once a unit has been collected, additional small tubes of blood will be collected for laboratory tests. All blood collection equipment is sterile and used only once.
After your donation, you can enjoy some refreshments to help replenish your fluids. At this time, you have the option of scheduling your next donation appointment. After you’re done with relaxing and refreshments, you can resume your normal daily activities.