Become a donor
It is IMPORTANT for a person to understand that while Blood Bank around the world values you as a donor, the act of donating blood is only to save lives of a person. The donor will bear all responsibilities as the life of the patient rest in the truthfulness of the blood donor and that he or she is in good health and without any risk.
Some health considerations or medications may require temporary deferral from donating blood. Donor eligibility is determined at the time of donation by trained personnel
Eligibility and Requirements Guidelines
• Identification: Your ID or a valid Driving License
• Age: To be eligible to donate blood, you must be between 8 years and 60 years. (17 years old can also donate blood at colleges with Parent Consent).
• Regular donors above 60 years and until their 65th birthday may donate blood, provided the intervals between donations has not exceeded one year. New donors above 60 are not accepted.
• Hemoglobin: Apart from other criteria, like your medical condition, to help ensure that it is safe for you to donate, females must have a minimum hemoglobin level of 12.5g/dL and males must have a minimum level of 13.0g/dL
• Weight: You must weigh at least 50 kilos or 110 pounds to be eligible for blood donation for your own safety. Blood volume is in proportion to body weight. Donors who weigh less than 110 pounds may not tolerate the removal of the required volume of blood as well as those who weigh more than 110 pounds. About 1/10 volume of blood of your body weight are taken or 450 - 500 ml are removed.
• High Blood Pressure: Acceptable as long as your blood pressure is below 180 systolic (first number) and below 100 diastolic (second number) at the time of donation. Medications for high blood pressure do not disqualify you from donating.
• Body Piercing: You must not donate if you have had a tongue, nose, belly button or genital piercing in the past 6 months.
• Cold and Flu: Wait if you have a fever or a productive cough (bringing up phlegm). Wait if you do not feel well on the day of donation. Wait until you have completed antibiotic treatment for sinus, throat or lung infection.
• Diabetes: Acceptable as long as it is well controlled, and not on insuline injection.
• Diet: A meal is recommended at least two to four hours prior to donation. Drink plenty of fluids. You can eat a salty biscuits 35 minutes before donating blood. While eating too many salty foods can be bad for you, eating a few salty snacks before your donation can help you recover more quickly. As we know, your body needs fluids to keep working. By eating a salty snack before donation, you’ll be helping your body hold on to fluids after your donation because salt reduces the amount of fluid lost by your kidneys. It also makes you thirsty, so you are more likely to drink more and replace what you lost during donation. Just try not to eat anything too fatty
• Transfusion Transfused Infections: A person at increased risk for HIV, hepatitis B and certain other infections that can be transmitted by transfusion are deferred.
• Tattoos: Six months deferral.
The criteria that will be assessed at the time of donation such as (list is not all inclusive):
• Haemoglobin, Travel, Cancer, Medications, Hepatitis, and HIV Risk:
• Intravenous drug abusers: HIV, HBV, HCV and HTLV
• Transplant patients: animal tissue or organs
• People who have recently traveled to or lived abroad in certain countries may be excluded temporarily because they are at risk for transmitting agents such as malaria for example.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace Blood Bank guidelines. We encourage you to discuss with Blood Bank personnel for any questions or concerns you may have.
Who should not donate blood?
• Anyone who has ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or any substance not prescribed by a doctor
• Men who have had oral or anal sexual contact with another men
• Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)
• Men and women who have ever engaged in sex for money or drugs
• Anyone who has had hepatitis B and/or C
• Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis
• Epilepsy. You cannot give blood if you are taking medication for epilepsy even if you have not had a seizure/fit for many years
• An Insulin dependent patient
• Have had syphilis or gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases)
• Note: Always bring your medical prescription or the names of prescribes drugs (medicines) you are taking