Cytomegalovirus blood donation at Access Clinical always starts with a thorough registration process if you are a first-time donor at our facility. We insist that you carry an identification card, reveal your medical history and any medicines that you currently take after which you will be requested to undergo a mini-physical.
Your eligibility to donate greatly depends upon the results of this physical since it will check your hemoglobin and iron levels. We will then tell you how the entire process goes about, what your role in it is, and how your donations will be used. Any questions that you have will be answered by our staff at this point.
You will be seated in a reclining chair once you are ready for your cytomegalovirus blood donation and our staff will always be around to check in on how you are doing. Blood donation is very common and is often painless. Your donation will be separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma which can be used by different patients which means you will be saving up to 3 lives with a single donation you make.
You can choose to donate either lying down or sitting up, whatever feels most comfortable. A brand new, sterile needle will be inserted into your arm and then discarded after the donation process is over. A pint of your blood will be drawn which can take anywhere around 5-10 minutes.
After the donation process is completed, we will ask you to lay down for 15-20 minutes so we can help if you face any side effects such as lightheartedness. Apart from whole blood donations, you can also donate platelets, plasma, or double red cells. There are different gaps for making each type of donation again.
Once your donation is complete, you’ll feel great knowing that you’ve contributed towards helping others. We will give you money and help you rest for some time after which you can be on your way. If you feel faint or nauseous afterward, we recommend you stay hydrated and rest.