Blood samples can be taken either at fixed sites of the EFS or in mobile collections organized throughout the year. With the platelet donation process this is important now.
Before a blood donation, it is important to respect the following tips:
- Make sure you are fit (no fatigue, discomfort or pain)
- Not to be fasting
- To be well hydrated
- Avoid alcoholic drinks in the hours before donation.
Before blood donation, a confidential medical interview with a doctor or nurse is systematic to evaluate any contraindications to blood donation. A test to determine the level of hemoglobin in the blood may sometimes be needed just before the sample is taken. The whole blood sample itself is very fast, between 8 and 10 minutes, during which the donor is lying down and supervised by a nurse. Between 420 and 480 ml of blood are collected, depending on the weight of the donor. …