Instituto Cardiovascular

Post-Donation Recommendations

Blood Bank

  • Eat or drink after donating, ideally 5 minutes after the Phlebotomy is done.
  • For the next 4 hours, drink more liquids than usual.
  • Don't smoke for at least half of an hour.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid high-intensity exercise or running.
  • If the site of venipuncture bleeds, raise your arm and compress the area.
  • If you get dizzy or lightheaded, lie down or sit down with your head between your legs.
  • If you don't have any symptoms, continue with your daily tasks.
  • Please avoid high-risk activities such as driving heavy machinery, or working at heights for at least 6 hours after the donation.
  • If symptoms continue, call the HIC Blood Bank: 639 3936 Ext. 1*101 - 1*102 - 1*103 or email:
  • Please follow these recommendations after donating:

“We are an open and secure Care Unit. The donor will be supported throughout their journey and visit to the HIC Blood Bank”.