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By: joanie.rectenwald
United Blood Services
I had a wonderful experience today giving blood. Victoria Jarina was totally caring that I was comfortable and so giving blood was a great experience for me. I hope I am blessed to have her again when I donate blood again. Usually I experience some anxiety when giving blood but having Victoria by my side I felt an angel was with me all the way! Thank you Victoria for making my experience today a good one in every way.
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By: David M.
Biomat USA
Staff is very professional as well as personable, which makes my two donation days very enjoyable and something to look forward to in the course of a week
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By: Kevin S.
Biomat USA
New Donors can earn $100 this week! Great place, clean, and friendly check them out for yourself. Best place in town hands down.
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By: Johnny A.
Biomat USA
Great Facility! The staff here are always upbeat and very professional. Always a pleasure to come in and SAVE-A-LIFE!
By: John S.
Biomat USA
Great place clean and friendly. They have a lot of games to play and great prizes. The movies are always on playing.
By: Julian S.
Biomat USA
I like donating at this plasma center. They have great promotiond. It's very clean and the staff is very friendly.
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By: Liia L.
Biomat USA
Great employees and they move really fast , and the customer service is great and it's clean and the place to go.
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By: Mili Q.
Biomat USA
Great place to donate. Very clean and friendly staff.
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By: John M.
Biomat USA
Clean and friendly staff in and out fast
Tips & Advices
One study cited by the National Institutes of Health found only 1.2 percent of blood donors experienced any kind of adverse reaction from giving blood. The most common side effects from giving blood are relatively mild:
  • Lightheadedness upon standing is common. Donors are encouraged to rest for at least 15 minutes after the procedure while drinking water and eating a small snack. Some donors find they become nauseous after the procedure, but this should subside quickly.
  • Pain and some bruising around the injection site is common. Pain should be mild, but it is normal for bruising to persist for several days.
  • For a few days afterward, the loss of blood may induce dizziness or feelings of weakness when performing strenuous activity. Donors are advised to avoid physical exertion for 24 hours after the procedure, and to be cautious when exercising for the following week.
Very rarely, blood donors may vomit or faint immediately after the procedure. This is generally benign and will resolve itself within hours. Donors should seek medical attention if they experience significant pain or tingling in their arm and around the injection site, or if bruising does not subside within a week. If a donor shows signs of a cold or flu in the days following the procedure, they should call the blood center since this may make the blood sample unsafe to use.
By definition, blood donation is voluntary and done without compensation. Some blood banks do offer cash or other rewards for giving blood. Whether donors are paid or not, blood banks typically serve as intermediaries between blood sources and hospitals. Even voluntarily donated blood is usually tested, separated and sold to medical services for use in blood transfusions and other procedures.
Blood donations are considered safe when performed by trained professionals who follow all the necessary procedures. In healthy donors, side effects are generally mild (see below), and serious complications are rare.
Different organizations have their own restrictions on who is eligible to give blood. The most common requirements stipulate donors must be old enough to give legal consent (17 in most states) and should be in good physical health. Most organizations prohibit donations from people with diseases that can be transmitted through blood, such as HIV and hepatitis. Beyond that, organizations may prevent donations from people who have traveled to or lived in certain countries where there is a greater risk of disease. There might be additional restrictions in place as eligibility for blood donation is at the sole discretion of the organization collecting it.
Blood centers typically  allow eligible donors to undergo a whole blood donation once every 16 weeks (56 days). Donations through apheresis are allowed every seven days, up to 24 times per year.

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