Did you know that every
2 seconds 1 person
in America needs blood.
There are three categories of blood donors:
PROFESSIONAL DONORS - They sell their blood, quality is not guaranteed and can pass on very dangerous diseases to the recipient. It is banned to take blood from any professional donor.
REPLACEMENT DONATION - Healthy relatives and friends of the patient give their blood, of any group, to the blood bank. In return, the required number of units in the required blood group is given. This is in practice.
VOLUNTARY DONATION - Here a donor donates blood voluntarily. The blood can be used for any patient even without revealing the identity of the donor. This is the best type of blood donation where an inspired human being gives blood in an act of selfless service.
Other specialized donations are subject to other rules.
Whole Blood donors may donate every 56 days.
Platelet donors may donate a maximum of 24 times per year.
Plasma donors may donate twice a week (max. every 48 hours.)
Be at least 17 years of age; upper age 60 (420d*).
Temperature: Should not exceed 99.5 (37.5c).
Weigh at least 110 pounds (45 kg).
Pulse: 80 to 100 beats/min and regular.
Be in generally good health and feeling well.
Blood Pressure: acceptable range is 160/90 to 110/60.
Skin: the venipuncture site should be free of any lesion or scar of needle pricks indicative of addiction to narcotics or frequent Blood donation (as in the case of professional Blood donors).
Do not donate blood if
You have ever injected yourself with drugs or other substances not prescribed by a physician,
You have ever tested positive for HIV,
You are a man and have had sex with another man, even once,
You have engaged in sex for drugs or money since 1977,
You have hemophilia or another Blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrate,
You have been held in a correctional facility (including jails, prisons and/or detention centers) for more than 72 hours in the last 12 months.