Post donation care and counseling
Donor is sent to the refreshment room after donation.
Coffee-biscuits are served and band aid is put at the donation site once the bleeding stops.
Donor instructions about post donation care –
- Do not leave until released by a staff member.
- Drink more fluids than usual in the next 4 hours.
- Avoid consuming alcohol until you have eaten.
- Do not smoke and chew tobacco for 30 minutes.
- If there is bleeding from the venipuncture site, raise arm and apply pressure.
- If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or sit with the head between the knees.
- If any symptoms persist, either telephone or return to the blood bank or see a doctor.
- Resume all normal activities if asymptomatic. Donors who work in certain occupations such as construction workers, operators of machinery or person working at heights or near fire should be cautioned that dizziness or faintness may occur if they return to work immediately after giving blood.
- Remove band-aid after a few hours.
- Maintain high fluid intake during the approximately three days it takes for complete restoration of blood volume.
If you are a regular donor
It is advisable to take iron rich food to replenish your iron stores as blood donation at regular intervals will reduce the iron stores even if your hemoglobin is normal.
Following are few examples of iron/folic acid/vit. B 12 rich food:
- IRON RICH FOOD
- Bengal gram daal (chana daal)
- Pearl Millet (Bajra)
- Green leafy vegetables
- Dry fruits
- Custard apple (Sitafal)
- If you are a vegetarian, it is advisable to take iron containing vegetables and fruits along with vit. C rich foods (Lemon, Aamla, orange, tomato)to increase the absorption of iron.
- FOLIC ACID RICH FOOD
- Bengal gram flour & daal
- Black gram daal (urad daal)
- Wheat flour
- Vit. B 12 RICH FOOD
- Skimmed milk