(HealthDay News) — Donating blood generally is safe, says Mayo Clinic. New, sterile equipment should be used for each donor.
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To have a safer blood-donation experience, Mayo suggests:
- Get plenty of sleep before donating and eat a healthy, low-fat meal.
- Drink an extra 16 ounces of water before the donation.
- For platelet donors, do not take aspirin for two days before donating.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for five hours after donating.
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