Blood Donor Database

The need for blood is constant.  We do our part to help by maintaining a database of blood donors. You can become a blood donor today.  Give us a call on call (284) 494-6349 or (284) 344-5056 or email info@bviredcross.org.

The Importance of Donating Blood

Certain conditions make it a necessity for a person to require a blood transfusion.  These include medical conditions, surgical operations, anemia or an accident. Having blood available quickly can save a life.  Donating blood is one of the most significant contribution a person can give to his/her community. It is not harmful to the body; the body regenerates blood within a few days.  Blood has four groups namely, A. B, AB and O.

Requirements to Give Blood

The general criteria to give blood are:
Be in good general health and feeling well
Be at least 17 years old
Weigh 110 pounds or more

Before Blood Donation

Drink  an extra  16 oz. glass  of water or nonalcoholic beverage
Eat   a healthy meal   within 3 hours of donation.
If you are a platelet donor, your body must be free of aspirins for at least 48 hours prior to donations.
Make sure that you walk with two forms of identification.
Bring the names of medications you are taking.

During Blood Donation

Wear clothing with short sleeves that can easily be raised above your elbows.
Tell   the nurse if   you are taking any medications, had any recent operations, been recently vaccinated or had a tattoo in the last year.
Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read to help you relax during the blood donation process.
Someone will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and haemoglobin level.

After Blood Donation

Enjoy a snack or drink immediately after.
Relax for 15 – 20 minutes before you leave.
Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating fish, poultry, beans, spinach, raisins and foods that are rich in iron.
Get a good night’s rest.