5 Steps to giving blood
Step 1. Meet the Greeter
Your name and telephone number will be taken and you will be asked if you have ever donated blood. First-timers will be given a sticker designating them as such. You will be asked if you're feeling well and will read a list of symptoms and situations that would make you ineligible to give blood that day.
Step 2. The registration
You will fill out a form that seeks basic information about you and includes questions about your medical history.
Step 3. Medical history
A nurse will discuss your medical history with you. Your blood pressure will be taken and your finger will be pricked so the nurse can test your blood for anemia. The blood sample will be dropped into a glass container containing copper sulfate. If the blood sinks, you have enough red blood cells and iron in your blood to donate. If it does not, your blood sample will be dropped into a centrifuge that spins the red cells down to determine more accurately if you have enough to donate. If it is determined that you don't have enough red blood cells and iron in your blood, you will not be able to be a donor that day.