Donating Blood Is Safe

All materials used for your blood donation are new and sterile. Once blood is given, we will safely disposed of materials. Most people feel absolutely fine after they have donated blood. However, we suggest that you eat regular meals before your donation and drink plenty of fluids for 24 hours afterwards to help prevent any unexpected side effects.

Donating Blood Is Simple

Before you give blood, you'll be asked for some basic information, such as your name, address, age and driver’s license number. A confidential medical history is taken, and a finger stick is done to analyze a drop of your blood for hemoglobin content. Your pulse, blood pressure and temperature will also be checked. A specially trained technician - a phlebotomist - will help you with the donation. The actual donation takes approximately seven to ten minutes to complete.

One Donation Has the Ability to Save Three Lives.

You will give one unit of blood, which is about one pint. After donating, there will be time for you to rest and enjoy some complimentary refreshments. Please consider donating the gift of life at Community Blood Council of NJ!

Basic Requirements:

Age:

16 through 75 (16 year olds must have parental or guardian consent)

Note: Donors who reach age 75 and have been previously a regular donor can continue to donate provided that they meet all donor criteria. Donors over 75 years of age who pass all donor criteria may donate provided that they have donated within the past five years or have written medical clearance from their physician.

Weight:

Minimum weight is 120 pounds.

Blood Pressure:

Must be within normal range. Persons on blood pressure medication are acceptable only if medication is taken for hypertension without beta-blockers for heart disease.

Interval Between Donations:

  • Whole Blood: 56 days
  • Platelets: Two weeks
  • ALYX: Double Red Blood Cells 112 days or RBC/Plasma 56 days

Medications:

Deferral for most drugs is based on the underlying conditions. Examples of some acceptable medications are blood pressure medication, oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy and vitamins.