Urgent - AB and O Type Blood Donors Needed:
Due to low donations and increased patient need, we are
urging all eligible volunteers
, especially those with
AB and O blood type
, to donate now.
Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at
or via our Impact App for mobile devices. Thank you.
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Why Iron Replacement?
Why an Iron Supplement?
Watch this video to learn more about why we suggest an iron supplement for some donors.
The blood you donate contains iron. Most donors replace the iron lost during donation by using iron already stored in their bodies. If your iron stores are low before you donate, or if you give blood frequently, you may become iron deficient and need to do more to replace the lost iron.
Low iron is very common in the U.S., even before people begin to donate. But, blood donation can add to it. Low hemoglobin happens late in iron deficiency, so you can have iron deficiency with a normal hemoglobin level.
Health problems from low iron levels before the hemoglobin falls are rare.
The most reliable way
to prevent low iron is to replace the iron removed when you donate using pills. This is much faster and more reliable than trying to do it with a high iron diet. Taking 18-38 mg of ferrous gluconate daily for eight weeks helps to replace the iron lost in a whole blood donation. It is available over the counter and in multivitamins with iron (read the label). This amount has no more side effects than a sugar pill.
The second way
to prevent this is by donating less frequently, but that can make maintaining
the blood supply more difficult. At its discretion, the blood center may provide iron supplements to certain donors to promote wellness and allow them to continue donating to support the patients who depend on the availability of blood.
If you are a frequent donor or want to be one, or are in one of the groups below, taking an iron supplement is highly encouraged following blood donation.
Donors most likely to become iron deficient are:
Donors who give more often
Females who give more than one whole blood unit per year
Males who give more than two whole blood units per year
Six or more platelet donations
Women before menopause
Young donors (especially teens)
Donors with hemoglobin levels near or below the minimum required for blood donation
(we screen every donor for hemoglobin level)
12.5 for women
13.0 for men
Talk to your health care provider before taking any supplements.
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