What should I expect for my first donation?

Plan to spend up to 2 hours at the donor center. You will be given a brief physical by a medical professional to assure that you will not be adversely affected by the donation process and that you meet the minimum FDA requirements for donating blood. You will be asked about your medical history and maybe given standard urinalysis and other lab tests as required by the FDA. When it is time to donate, you will be escorted to the donor station by a nurse or phlebotomist where an IV will be placed in your arm. You will be monitored throughout the process to ensure your safety and comfort. A check will be mailed to your home address upon notification by the donor center that you have given your donation.