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Step by Step

Donating blood is easy!

Here is a step by step description of what happens when you come in to donate.

  1. Check-in with the Blood & Platelet Center staff.
  2. The staff will provide you with instructions for completing the required paperwork.
  3. Read the information provided, complete the Donor History Card and return it to the Blood & Platelet Center staff. You need to answer the questions on the form each time you donate as the form changes periodically.
  4. To ensure you are eligible to donate, a medical historian will review your Donor History Card with you and take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. We will also prick your finger and perform a hemoglobin test for anemia.
  5. One of our collection staff will call your name, ask you a few questions and begin the donation process. The donation will take approximately 10 minutes to 15 minutes.
  6. After donating you will need to rest for at least 15 minutes and enjoy our juice and cookies.

Make an appointment and be a hero and contact the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center:

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