Amanda Farrell | Director of Donor Recruitment
716.529.4417 | AFarrell@connectlife.org
4444 Bryant and Stratton Way | Williamsville, NY 14221
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The Blood Donation Process
5 Simple Steps
Whether you donate blood at a mobile drive or at a neighborhood blood donation center, your experience will involve the same steps.
To help protect everyone who enters our doors:
When you walk in, we ask donors for general information, such as name and address. In order to maintain accurate records, all donors are asked to present proper photo identification. This may be a driver’s license, passport, or even a company ID card.
Step 2: Mini-Physical
During the mini-physical, we check temperature, pulse, hemoglobin, and blood pressure. We draw and test a drop of blood to ensure the donor has enough iron-carrying red blood cells to safely donate blood.
Step 3: Medical Interview
Donors meet privately with a staff member to review their medical and travel history. We will also ask about tattoos and piercings. This information is kept strictly confidential.
Step 4: The Donation
In the donation area, a trained phlebotomist will sterilize the area of the arm before drawing blood. Since each donation kit is a one-time use sealed kit, there is ZERO chance of coming into contact with another donor’s blood. The donation time will vary depending on the type of donation you are making.
Types of donations:
After the donation, you'll visit the refreshment area, where you rest while enjoying light refreshments. You can also make your next donation appointment before you leave.