On 9th of June 1997, the month of July of every year has been declared National Blood Donors Month by then-President Fidel V. Ramos thru Presidential Proclamation No. 1021, s 1997. This is to acknowledge the significance of volunteer blood donors in the country as well as encourage more people to a voluntary regular blood donation.

St. Clare’s Medical Center intensifies its advocacy on voluntary blood donation to provide and allocate safe blood supply, sustaining its adequacy and ensuring accessibility.
Become a blood donor!

Give blood if you:

  • are in good health
  • are between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need parents’ consent);
  • weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms);
  • have a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg, Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg; and
  • pass the physical and health history assessments.

How to Donate Blood?

  • Preparation before donating blood
  • Have enough rest and sleep.
  • No alcohol intake 24 hours prior to blood donation.
  • No medications for at least 24 hours prior to blood donation.
  • Have something to eat prior to blood donation, avoid fatty food.
  • Drink plenty of fluid, like water or juice.

What to do after blood donation?

  • Drink plenty of fluid, like water or juice.
  • Refrain from stooping down after blood donation.
  • Refrain from strenuous activities like:
    – Lifting heavy objects;
    – Driving big vehicles such as bus, trucks, etc.; or
    – Operating big machines.
  • Avoid using the punctured arm in lifting heavy objects.
  • Apply pressure on the punctured site and lift the arm in case the site is still bleeding.
  • If there is discoloration and swelling on the punctured site, you may apply cold compress for 24 hours.
  • If there is dizziness, just lie down with your feet elevated. Drink plenty of juice; and in just a few minutes or so, it will pass.