Blood donation tips, tricks


Kirsten Thomas

DRINK UP. After donating blood, rehydrating is crucial to replenishing your system. If you are experiencing complications after donating blood and the symptoms are lasting, be sure to seek medical attention.

Plan on donating blood at the SHS blood drive? Make sure to keep these things in mind while preparing to donate.

When picking out what to wear, make sure your shirt sleeve can easily be rolled up for donation. While your blood is being drawn, relax. When you are done donating, have a quick snack to ensure not feeling ill.

Furthermore, drink lots of water after donating. This will help to replenish your system. If you feel light headed after donating, inform someone and sit or lay down.

Blood donations are extremely important.

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood,” according to the American Red Cross.

Additionally, no one ever knows when an emergency may occur. Whether it be for an individual or a group, blood donations during the crisis are not of much use.

“The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs,”  according to the American Red Cross.

When these incidents occur, the individuals involved may require lots of blood. For example, a car crash victim may need lots of blood to survive.

“A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood,” according to the American Red Cross.