r. STEP 18: Reinspect container for defects.
s. STEP 19: Recheck numbers on container, processing tubes, and donor
t. STEP 20: Store whole blood or red blood cells at a temperature of 1 C to 6 C
immediately after collecting or removing the platelets. If platelets are to be harvested,
blood should not be chilled but maintained at room temperature (about 20 C to 24 C)
until platelets are separated. Platelets must be separated within 8 hours after collection
of the unit of whole blood.
1-14. START CARE OF THE DONOR AFTER PHLEBOTOMY
Follow these steps after phlebotomy.
a. STEP 1: Check arm and apply bandage after bleeding stops.
b. STEP 2: Instruct donor to remain reclined on the bed or in the donor chair
under close observation by staff.
c. STEP 3: Allow donor to sit up when a satisfactory condition is noted.
CAUTION: DO NOT LEAVE DONOR. The donor could faint, fall, and/or have some
type of reaction.
d. STEP 4: Give the donor some simple instructions. The medical director may
wish to include some of the following suggestions:
Do not smoke for a half-hour.
Eat and drink something before leaving.
Do not leave until released by a staff member.
Drink more fluids than usual in next four hours.
It is probably better not to have any alcohol until you have eaten
If there is bleeding from phlebotomy site, raise arm and apply pressure.
If you feel faint or dizzy, either lie down or sit down with head between
Remove bandage after a few hours.