The Donation Process 

Before Your Donation

Make an Appointment - While Indiana Blood Center accepts walk-ins, you can also make your donation process easy and convenient by going to to make an appointment today.

Hydrate & Eat a Good Meal - Make sure to drink lots of fluids and eat a good meal the day of your appointment.

Bring a Picture ID - In order to donate blood, a picture ID is required.

During Your Donation

Registration - If you are a first-time donor, you will show your picture ID. You will be given a Donor Registration Form (DRF) to complete, which collects general information from you.

Health History & Mini-Physical - An Indiana Blood Center technician will ask you a list of questions regarding your health history. Your responses are kept confidential. After all of the questions are answered, the staff member will check your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. He/she will also obtain a small blood sample by finger stick to check your hemoglobin.

Donation - An Indiana Blood Center technician will cleanse the area of your arm from which he/she is drawing blood. Once a pint of blood is collected the donation process is complete and the technician will bandage your arm.

Refresh - After your donation, you are asked to sit in the refreshment area to eat a snack and drink water, soda or juice. Indiana Blood Center recommends sitting in Refresh for 10-15 minutes before leaving. 

Be Proud - Donating at Indiana Blood Center means that you'll have someone's undying gratitude.

After Your Donation

Hydrate - When giving blood you lose whole blood, meaning the plasma, platelets and red cells. Be sure to stay hydrated so you can readily replenish the fluids lost.

Relax - Steer clear of any heavy weight-lifting or strenuous exercise after your donation.

Replace Your Iron - Each time you donate a unit of blood, it removes iron from your body. Iron is a part of hemoglobin, which is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to nourish the tissues throughout your body. It is important to keep a healthy iron level so your body can build new red blood cells daily and also replace those you donate. Iron is also important for normal growth and development, energy level, and brain function. A proper iron level is especially important to pregnant women.

Most blood donors need to pay attention to their iron level, particularly:
Young females and males age 16-18;
Frequent donors: females 2x and males 3x per year.

Replace iron loss by taking an oral iron supplement daily for 60 days immediately following your blood donation. We recommend taking an over-the-counter (OTC) supplement or multivitamin containing 18mg of elemental iron per day. Although iron supplements are safe and compatible with most medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if iron is appropriate if you are taking other medications. You should not take iron if you have Hereditary Hemochromatosis or other diseases or conditions related to iron overload. Eat a nutritious diet rich in iron and vitamin C.

Check Your Vitals - After 24 hours, go to to see all of your vitals that were taken the day of your donation.

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