Donating Blood Takes 8-10 Minutes

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley


Donating blood is quick, easy, and an honorable contribution to society. Not only does Primary Health Solutions have incredible patients who regularly donate, but we also have patients who may find themselves in situations where they are in need of a blood transfusion.


First, it’s important to know that blood donation comes with health benefits! All staff working the designated blood drive must review a potential donor’s pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin count. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.


Next, always come prepared to donate blood. Have a light meal and plenty of water to hydrate to prevent light-headiness or dizziness after donating. Don’t forget to bring your donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of personal ID. Make sure to bring the list of current medications.


For the final and most important step, please review the blood donation eligibility requirements, which will also be reviewed by your Primary Health Solutions provider:


The process to donate blood is actually quite simple in 4 easy steps:


  1. Registration – Once you arrive, the staff and volunteers will guide you through basic eligibility and donation information following signing in. You will present forms of identification while also filling out potential forms prior to your donation.
  2. Mini-physical- All donors must complete a mini physical exam and in-person private and confidential interview prior to donating blood. This will cover topics of personal health history and travel history while also conducting a mini-physical to guarantee the right and safe conditions for donation.
  3. Donation- In a short 8 to 10 minutes, a staff member will draw blood as you are seated comfortably in a chair through a safe and sterile process. Please note that donation of platelets, red cells, or plasma can range up to 2 hours.
  4. Refreshment – This is usually everyone’s favorite part! Snacks and refreshments will be provided as you wait during a 10 to 15 minute waiting period to guarantee safe transition into your normal daily activities.


More information on the American Red Cross can be found here:


Primary Health Solutions continues to strive in providing patient-centered services through our medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services. We encourage all of our patients to donate blood and can provide resources on local blood drives, volunteer opportunities, and eligibility requirements needed for donation.