Join us for the #kccblooddrive at Kingsborough Community College on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15 from 11am to 5pm in room U-213/U-214.
Donating blood is a safe, simple, and satisfying experience. Your donations help give life to the millions of Americans each year who require blood transfusions during surgery, after an accident, or because they have a disease that requires blood components. There are many different ways to donate lifesaving blood products, including whole blood, platelet, plasma, and automated red cell donation. The process usually takes about 45-60 minutes.
Eat at your regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating. If you are donating platelets, do not take aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.
What to Expect
STEP 1: REGISTRATION
First, you will fill out a donor registration form with your name, date of birth, and contact information. You will answer a series of questions regarding disease history, medication usage, and recent travel. You must also show us your photo or signature ID, or your NYBC Donor ID Card.
STEP 2: HEALTH HISTORY
Next, one of our technicians will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. A drop of blood from your finger will be analyzed to measure the hemacrit level. If you meet all donor requirements, you move on to a donor bed.
STEP 3: DONATION
Lastly, one of our skilled, specially trained technicians will draw your blood or other component. It takes 10 - 12 minutes for a whole blood donation. Plan to spend about an hour donating blood. Plasma, platelet, and automated red cell procedures will take a little longer. You will give a little less than 1 pint of whole blood in a standard donation. The average adult has between 8 - 12 pints of blood and can easily spare one. In fact, your body replaces blood volume, or plasma, within 24 hours, and red cells within 4 - 8 weeks.
Your health is paramount. All materials, including the needle used for your donation, are new, sterile, disposable, and used only once by you for your blood donation. There is no risk of any disease transmission to a donor.
STEP 4: REFRESHMENTS
Following your donation you can relax and have a drink and snack in our refreshment area. We advise you to remain there for 10-15 minutes before leaving to resume your normal activities. We don’t recommend lifting, pushing heavy objects, or engaging in strenuous exercise for 4 to 5 hours after your donation.
For more information, visit www.nybc.org/donate-blood/become-donor.
January 14, 2019 — January 15, 2019
11:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard