Most people feel great after donating blood. You can resume full activity as long as you feel well. Just avoid heavy lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for at least four or five hours after giving blood. You will rest after the donation and be served refreshments. After donating, we also suggest drinking extra fluids for the next 48 hours.
After your donation your blood is typed and tested for hepatitis, HIV (the AIDS virus), syphilis, and several other transmissible conditions. Some test results may temporarily or permanently prevent someone from donating blood. If test results warrant counseling, NYBC's clinicians, social workers and nurses provide it.
We also offer some added-value screening to donors which are detailed under Community Health Initiatives.
Most donated pints of blood are separated into various components (red cells, platelets, plasma) so several patients can benefit. This activity happens in our component labs, which are located in Long Island City and Westbury.
Following testing, each blood component is labeled, identifying the blood type and any other special characteristics. Blood may be stored or frozen in New York Blood Center for a period of time before being transported to one of nearly 200 New York or New Jersey hospitals we serve. However, we do deliver blood products to hospitals on a daily and emergency basis.
Lastly, we urge all donors to call us at (800)688-0900 if they feel ill anytime following their donation, to report any adverse donor reactions or if they become aware of any information about their health that would affect whether their donation should be transfused.