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Here is some info to help you stay healthy as a donor

How Should I Prepare for my Plasma Donation?
Get plenty of sleep the night before your donation – 7 to 9 hours is preferred, 6 hours minimum – so that your body will be reacting normally and systems/functions such as blood pressure will be normal.

Because plasma’s main component is water, you will want to drink plenty of water the day before and the day of your first visit. Avoid caffeinated beverages (such as soda, tea, or coffee) for 8 hours prior to your donation so that you will not experience their dehydrating effect before, during or after your donation. Drinking plenty of water reduces the chance of experiencing any side effects, such as lightheadedness, and “plumps out” the veins which may shorten the time needed to make your donation. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the night before and the day of your donation, and for at least 4 hours after giving plasma.

Eat a healthy meal rich in protein (such as lean meat) and complex carbohydrates (such as whole grain bread, cereal, fruits, etc.) no more than three hours prior to making your donation. This meal does not have to be large, and should be given time for the proteins to enter your bloodstream from the digestion process. Please avoid all fatty foods (hamburgers, fried food, cheese, ice cream, cakes, etc.) prior to donation as they can turn your plasma a milky color. This color change could interfere with the laboratory tests making it impossible for you to donate plasma that day.

Refrain from drinking any very hot or very cold beverages immediately before coming in for your donation. Either one may lead to an inaccurate body temperature reading which could bring an end to the possibility of donating that day. (It would be impossible to know if the raised or lowered temperature were caused by a virus, an infection, or the drinks.) Instead, enjoy a room temperature glass of juice or water to keep your fluid level
high enough for donation.

Please avoid smoking for at least 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after your donation. If you smoke immediately after your donation, it may increase the chance of you feeling dizzy or faint. Since smoking is documented as being hazardous to your good health, and the Plasma Center needs the healthiest blood possible, this might be a good time to consider quitting smoking altogether. We want you, as well as the patients who will receive the benefits of your donation, to have the healthiest life possible! It’s worth a thought!

• Eat a light meal and drink something sweet as soon as possible, plus consume extra fluids within the next 4-6 hours after the donation.
• Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking.
• Keep your venipuncture site clean and dry.
• The staff will direct you when to remove the bandage.
• If there is any bleeding from the venipuncture site, raise your arm and apply pressure.
• If dizziness or fainting develops, either lie down or sit with your head between your knees.
• If lying down, elevate your feet above your head/heart level.

If you experience any minor discomforts after your donation, please contact our nurses at (619) 440-0283.

In Case of EMERGENCY call 911

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