Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. 

Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email patientservices@mvrbc.org or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

steps to giving blood

1. Registration

You'll be asked to show a photo ID and provide some basic information for our records.

2. Screening

There are two steps to pre-donation screening: the mini-physical (blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and hemoglobin check) and the Donor History Questionnaire. The DHQ has questions about your health history, travel, and other factors associated with an increased risk for infections that could be transmitted via blood transfusion. You will use a touch-screen computer to complete the questionnaire. Our staff will help you with any questions you may have.

You may wish to complete your Donor History questionnaire prior to the blood drive. You can use our EarlyQ system to do so, as long as you complete the questionnaire on the same day as your donation. 

Donor Eligibility EARLYQ

Donor Informed Consent  Donor Informed Consent (Spanish)

3. Giving Blood

After completing pre-donation screening, a phlebotomist will lead you to a reclining donor chair. Next, the phlebotomist will cleanse the area on your forearm where the needle will be inserted. A sterile, one-time use kit is used for each donation. This includes the collection bag, testing tubes, needle and all tubing. The donation process for whole blood donation will last about 8-10 minutes. Your phlebotomist will observe your donation from beginning to end and answer any questions you may have.

Parental Consent Form  Parental Consent Form (Spanish)
 

4. Post-Donation Fluids and Snacks 

Following your donation, you will sit up on the donor chair and proceed to the donor canteen area to drink fluids and eat a light snack. Your body will begin replacing the cells and fluids you donated right away, so it's important to eat and drink right after your donation. Be sure to rest well and drink plenty of fluids before and after giving blood.

  • Build up your iron for your next donation
    As part of a wellness initiative, the blood center encourages donors to consider taking iron supplements (18-38 mg of ferrous gluconate) daily for eight weeks to help 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. For more information, click here

Blood Inventory

Many variables can impact our inventory such as weather, holidays or tragic events. Below is an overview of our inventory levels across all blood types. Schedule an appointment today!

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Current Donor Promotion

Donate blood at any of our Donor Centers or Mobile Blood Drive locations through September 13 and get your choice of $10 gift card! 

Additional Donor Promotions

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As a loyalty member you'll collect points that can add up to some really great gifts. You can order these items with your points and they will ship directly to you for FREE. We have recently added NEW ways to earn! On January 1, 2020, we launched an updated Donor for Life rewards program designed to make helping patients as easy and rewarding as possible for blood donors.

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• Find nearby Donor Centers and mobile blood drives and schedule appointments!
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