requirements to donate blood
A LIST OF GUIDELINES FOR DONATING BLOOD AND REQUIREMENTS AND DETAILS ABOUT BLOOD DONATION. THE LIST IS MEANT TO PREPARE FOR HOW TO DONATE BLOOD OR DONATE PLASMA.
Who can donate Blood – Who can give Blood? The rules change. The American Red Cross is refusing donations from people who have spent a cumulative three months in Great Britain or those who have spent six months in any part of Europe since 1980.
Other blood banks continue to follow United States Government and Food and Drug Administration requirements that bar donations only from people who have spent six months or more in Great Britain between 1980 and 1996. BloodBook.com believes that these restrictions may be brought into compliance with the Red Cross guidelines or even made tighter very soon.
Blood donor requirements change very frequently. For up-to-date information or clarifying opinions and rules about American Red Cross rules about Blood donor deferrals, call 1-800-448-3543.
WHO CAN’T GIVE BLOOD. The rules change.
Starting in the late 70s Blood banks in the United States and some other countries began turning away Blood donors. Following below are the major reasons given for exclusion, most still in force in Blood banks, Blood donor clinics and hospitals, today:
Excluders to giving Blood in the 1980s:
Cancer AIDS Symptoms Hypodermic drug use Men having had sexual contact of any kind with another man or men since 1977.
Excluders to donating Blood in the 1990s in addition to the above:
Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her 11th birthday Anyone who has taken pituitary growth hormone in any quantity.
Excluders to giving Blood in 2000 to the present, in addition to all of the above:
Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis Anyone currently with drugs for an enlarged prostate in their system Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1986 Anyone who has received Blood by transfusion in the United Kingdom or France from 1980 through the present Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 through the present time. Anyone who has self-administered non-prescription drugs intraveniously Anyone who is not 17 years old and 110 pounds in weight or more.
SEE COMPREHENSIVE BLOOD DONATION RULES FOR DONORS, BELOW.
It is the responsibility of hospitals, Blood collection centers, and Blood storage facilities to protect the health of those donating Blood and to assure the safety of the Blood supply in general. Therefore, tests will be performed and a donor s general health evaluated at the time of every donation. All physical conditions are ultimately subject to the review and approval of a physician in charge and accountable. High or low Blood pressure may exclude a donor for an undetermined length of time. Low hemoglobin (iron) content in the Blood is also cause for temporary deferral.
It is unfortunate that in the United States, as well as some other countries, this ‘highly sophisticated’ system of Blood collection, testing, storage, management, and dispensing by sale, for profit, is substantially based on the honor system. If the donor lies or is mistaken about any of the following questions, the Blood supply is at risk!
Blood centers follow a recommended ‘five layer’ standard of safety protocol for donor eligibility standards, individual screening, laboratory testing, confidential exclusion of donations, and donor record checks. (However, then again, they may not!)