Written by: Dianne Geary, technical hospital relations manager
For those of you that have donated blood before, you are familiar with the routine; the whole blood donor is asked a bunch of questions, has a mini physical and passes the test. Now he or she is led to the donor bed and lies down on the bed and tries to get comfortable. One of Stanford Blood Center’s wonderful nursing staff prepares the arm by cleaning the arm area, then unsheathes the needle and begins the phlebotomy (or pokes the person’s arm).
The donor staff fiddles with the blood bag and fills five tubes of blood and sets them with the blood bag that gently rocks on the donor scale. The donor scale stops the blood donation when the blood bag is filled. The needle is removed from the donor and the donation is sent to the segment area. The donor goes to the recovery area and has POG and cookies.