There’s No Substitute for Human Blood
Blood is living tissue that cleans and nourishes the human body while also fighting infections, healing wounds and performing many other vital functions for the human body. It is a fragile substance that cannot be manufactured and can only be stored for a very limited time. There is no substitute for blood. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it.
DonorBlood can be separated into various components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each component serves a different purpose for the human body. Red cells, white cells and platelets, made in the marrow of bones, fight infection, carry oxygen and help control bleeding. Plasma functions as a carrier for blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones throughout the body.
Just one pint of donated blood can help up to three different people. Therefore, LifeServe Blood Center relies on charitable community members to help provide blood to people in need. Giving blood is a safe, simple procedure.
The Unit Facts:
- Cancer Patients: can use up to 8 units of blood a month.
- Bone Marrow Transplant: can use up to 2 units a day.
- Cardiovascular Surgery: can use between 2-25 units.
- Liver Transplant: can use up to 100 units.
- Auto/Trauma Accident Patients: can use up to 50 units.
BLOOD DONOR ELIGIBILITY GUIDE
The information can be used as a general guide to help answer questions or concerns that may arise regarding donor eligibility. Eligibility for blood donation with LifeServe Blood Center is determined by criteria established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as other blood banking industry regulatory agencies.
General Eligibility Requirements:
All donors should be in overall good health, and are encouraged to be rested and well-nourished at the time of donation. Whole Blood Donors: Donors must be 16 years (with parental consent) or older and weigh at least 120 lbs.
Double Red Cell Donors: Male donors must be 16 years (with parental consent) or older, weigh at least 130 lbs. and be at least 5’1” tall. Female donors must be 23 years or older, weigh at least 150 lbs. and be at least 5’3” tall.
Prior to donation, all potential donors must register with LifeServe Blood center and provide a form of identification printed with their name (e.g., driver’s license, social security card, credit card, etc.)
Age Donors must be at least 16 years or older. If first-time donors are 16- or 17-years-old, they must have a signed LifeServe Blood Center parent/guardian permission form.
Alcohol Permissible if not under the influence at the time of donation.
Antibiotics Donors should not donate if currently taking for an infection.
Cancer Donors with certain skin and/or cervical cancer may donate three days after treatment. Donors with other types of Cancer may donate after one year of diagnosis if asymptomatic. Donors who have had the following types of cancer are not allowed to donate: Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, multiple myeloma, mycosis fungoides.
Cold You should not donate if you have a cold on the day of donation.
Diabetes OK if well controlled by diet and medications. Insulin is OK as long as it was not beef insulin (bovine) from the United Kingdom and not taken since 1980.
Drugs/Medicines Some medications may be fine for blood donation. At the time of donation, donors will need to provide names of medications that are currently being taken or previously been taken.
Epilepsy/Convulsions/Seizures OK if seizure-free for six months.
Heart problems or heart surgery (now or in the past)
Some heart conditions are acceptable for blood donation and others may not be.
Hepatitis Some hepatitis conditions are acceptable for blood donation and others may not be.
Infections Donors should not donate with an infection or if currently taking medication prescribed for an infection.
For specific questions regarding donation eligibility, call 800.287.4903, ext. 4876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piercing Ear/Skin OK if performed with single-use, sterile instruments and equipment.
Pregnancy OK six weeks after pregnancy ends. Breastfeeding is not a cause for deferral.
Vaccine Some vaccinations may be fine for blood donation. At the time of donation, donors will need to provide names of vaccines received in the last eight weeks.
Tattoos OK if performed in a facility licensed to apply tattoos in the
state of: Iowa, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington or Wisconsin.
Travel Some places of travel outside of the United States may lead to donation deferment. Donors will be required to provide specific locations as well and duration of stay and dates of return to determine donation eligibility.
Weight Whole blood donors must weigh at least 120 lbs. Males donating double red cells must weigh at least 130 lbs. and females, 23 and older, must weigh at least 150 lbs. Maximum weight allowed is 350 pounds on our bloodmobile vehicles, 400 pounds at a donor center location and 500 pounds at on-site mobile blood drives.
Whole Blood Eligibility Timelines
Males 56 Days
Females (16-22 Years Old) 112 Days
Females (23 or Older) 56 Days
Double Red Cell Eligibility Timelines
Males 112 Days
Females (16-22 Years Old) Not Eligible
Females (23 or Older) 112 Days