What You Need to Know for Your First Blood Donation

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Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? Consider joining countless other Americans in giving the gift of life this month. The American Red Cross frequently holds blood drives at community hospitals and other venues. Before you swing by your local hospital to give blood, drink about 16 ounces of extra fluids and enjoy a healthy, low-fat meal. Additionally, if you are a platelet donor, you should avoid taking aspirin for two days prior to your blood donation.

Remember to bring your driver’s license or two other forms of identification with you when you visit the blood drive and wear a top with sleeves that are easy to lift above your elbow. Before you donate blood, you’ll receive a mini physical and you’ll be asked some health questions to verify your eligibility. This interview is private and confidential. Be sure to tell the blood drive volunteer about any medications you’re taking or medical conditions you have.

Good Samaritan Hospital has been pleased to serve residents of the San Jose community since the 1960’s. Today, our community hospital features advanced medical technology and state-of-the-art facilities. Call (408) 559-2011 with any questions you may have.

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