How to donate blood?
Preparation before donating blood
1. Have enough rest and sleep.
2. No alcohol intake 24 hours prior to blood donation.
3. No medications for at least 24 hours prior to blood
4. Have something to eat prior to blood donation, avoid
5. Drink plenty of fluid, like water or juice.
Steps in donating blood
1. Have your weight taken.
2. Register and honestly and complete the donor registration
3. Have your blood type and hemoglobin checked.
4. A physician will conduct a blood donor examination.
5. Actual donation--the amount of blood to be donated
(either 350cc or 450cc) will depend on the donor's weight
and blood pressure. It usually takes 10 minutes or less.
6. A 5 to 10 minute rest and plenty of fluid-intake are
necessary after donation.
What to do after blood donation?
1. Drink plenty of fluid, like water or juice.
2. Refrain from stooping down after blood donation.
3. Refrain from strenuous activities like:
a. Lifting heavy objects;
b. Driving big vehicles such as bus, trucks, etc.; or
c. Operating big machines.
4. Avoid using the punctured arm in lifting heavy objects.
5. Apply pressure on the punctured site and lift the arm in
case the site is still bleeding.
6. If there is discoloration and swelling on the punctured
site, you may apply cold compress for 24 hours.
7. If there is dizziness, just lie down with your feet
elevated. Drink plenty of juice; and in just a few minutes
or so, it will pass.
Blood Donation: Basic Requirements
Blood donation helps save lives. Find out if you're
eligible to donate blood and what to expect if you decide to
The need for blood is great. On any given day, more than two
thousand of blood units are transfused to patients in our
country. Some may need blood during surgery; while others
depend on it after an accident or because they have a
disease that requires blood components. The Philippine Red
Cross approximately supplies one-fourth of the country's
national blood requirements.
If you're in good health, you can probably donate. Find out
about blood donation and what to expect if you decide to
Who can donate blood?
You can donate blood if you…
- Are in good health
- Are between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need
- Weigh at least 110 pounds;
- Have a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg,
Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg; and
- Pass the physical and health history assessments.
PRC Blood Services Facilities carefully screen potential
donors. The screening guidelines are necessary to ensure
that blood donation is safe for you and that it is safe for
the person who will be receiving your blood.
In the screening process, you have to fill out a blood
donation questionnaire form that includes direct questions
about behaviors known to carry a higher risk of blood-borne
infections—infections that are transmitted through the
blood. These behaviors include prostitution, intravenous
drug use and others. A trained physician will be asking you
about your medical/ health history, and a physical
examination will be conducted—which includes checking your
blood pressure, pulse and temperature. All of the
information from this evaluation is kept strictly
During your blood donation screening procedure, a small
sample of blood taken from a finger prick is used to check
your hemoglobin level, the oxygen-carrying component of your
blood. If your hemoglobin concentration is normal, and
you've met all the other screening requirements, you can
Where can I donate blood?
Use the PRC Blood Services Facility Directory to find the
blood donation center nearest you, and then contact the
blood center to find out more about the requirements.