At StemExpress, we strive to make each blood and bone marrow donation a positive experience from start to finish. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you prepare.
Get your zzzzzzzzs. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep and be rested to avoid feeling lightheaded after your donation.
Eat a healthy meal. You should not donate blood or bone marrow on an empty stomach. Eat something nutritious and avoid fatty foods.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcoholic beverages and limit caffeine. Water is the best choice. For white blood cell donations, drink plenty of water the day before a scheduled appointment (instead of the day of) because the donation cannot be paused for a bathroom break.
Arrive early. Arriving a few minutes before your scheduled appointment will allow you time to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Bring your identification card. Click here for a complete list of acceptable ID options.
Bring a list of current medications. Please provide a complete list of all medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and as-needed medications such as inhalers.
Avoid smoking. Do not smoke immediately before or after your blood or bone marrow donation to avoid feeling dizzy.
Wear comfortable clothes. For blood donations, you may consider wearing short sleeves or a shirt with sleeves that can be easily rolled above your elbow. For bone marrow donations, consider wearing sweatpants or other clothing that can be pulled/rolled down at the hips.
Bring a buddy. Donating blood or bone marrow for research can help change the future of healthcare. Spread the word and bring a friend. Plus, for every three donors that you refer, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card.
We hope to see you at one of our collection centers soon!
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