Blood Donor Eligibility Guidelines
To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old. You must weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or double red cells in the last 16 weeks (112 days). “Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, “healthy” also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.
Other aspects of each potential donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured.
- Please Bring Photo ID!
- No tattoos within the past year!
- No antibiotics usage within the past 3 days!
- Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal 6 hours before!