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Post Donation Instructions

After your donation, please remember:

  • Eat and drink something before leaving your place of donation.
  • Drink extra fluids on the day of and the day after your donation.
  • Do not lift heavy objects and avoid strenuous exercise such as tennis, swimming, golf, jogging, etc. during the next 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke for an hour after donating.
  • Keep your shirt or dress sleeve rolled up until you leave your place of donation.
  • Leave your bandage on 3-4 hours and keep it dry.
  • If you see any new bleeding, raise your arm above your head and apply pressure until the bleeding stops.
  • If you feel faint, dizzy or lightheaded sit or lay down until the feeling passes.
  • If you experience any bruising of your arm at the donation site, apply ice in a cloth to the area for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day on the first day; on the second day, apply warm moist cloth 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day.

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