Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Drink Before Plasma Donation?

Thank you for donating your time and energy to donate your plasma. You should know that plasma is 90% water. You can help donate this life giving substance by staying properly hydrated for today's donation.

However, what you will drink is just as important as how much. Stay away from alcohol before and at least four hours after your donation.

So what should you drink? 

Drink juice or water. We recommend 64 ounces of water a day. That sounds like a lot, but being properly hydrated will potentially keep you from feeling lightheaded after the donation is done, and is good for you. Lots of donations also pump up your veins, which will assist the donation process.

And, if you exercise before coming drink extra fluid before and after your donation. One last thing about your beverage - if drinking within one hour of the screening process, check the temperature.

Because if it's too hot or too cold control of your body temperature reading can prevent you from donating. In the meantime, sit back and relax. You're saving lives.

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