Who can donate blood?
You are between 18 and 65 years old. Only in special cases and after doctors’ orders individuals of 17 years old or over 65 years old can donate blood.
You weigh more than 50kg. Weighing less than 50kg, it is usually risky to become a blood donor. You’re healthy. If you are ill / or take medications, your blood may have adverse effects on humans who will get it. You can not give blood if you had in the past, jaundice or ipatitda, or if you had some form of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy or any bleeding disorder. If you have questions about some specific drugs you are taking, please contact us in order to solve all your questions about medications or the presence of diseases.
You have a safe lifestyle. The use of substances, multiple sexual partners, tattoos or piercings performed in the last six months are considered high-risk activities. Moreover, if you have a high-risk occupation, you are training for championship or preparing for a major sporting event, you can not give blood for your own safety.
Why should I complete the questionnaire each time I give blood?
It allows us to assess whether you meet the basic requirements so as to be safe at that time of blood donation and also in order for donations to be as secure as possible for the person who would take it.
You may have eaten before giving blood?
Certainly. It is essential to have eaten three or four hours before the blood donation otherwise you cannot donate blood. Also it would be good to increase the consumption of liquids (not alcohol) both before and after donation.
How often can I give blood?
Men can give blood every three months, ie four times a year.
Women can give blood three times a year.
Platelet donors can give platelets more frequently.
Can I be infected by AIDS during the blood donation?
No way. All kits used are disposable, sterile and discarded after each use.
What is the period of the window?
It is the time between the infection by a virus (e.g. AIDS or other viruses) and the time that this virus can be detected. The risk for blood donation is the fact that while the donor in this period is «Negative» in the virus, the virus exists and can be transmitted through transfusion to the patient who will get his blood. With recent technologies for the control of blood, this period has significantly reduced reaching 5-11 days.
Can I give blood during the menstruation?
Yes, if you feel well and your hemoglobin is in the permissible limits.
Can I give blood if I'm pregnant?
No. Pregnant and nursing mothers, should not donate blood (valid for the entire period of breastfeeding). They can donate blood 1 year after postpartum.
How long does the blood donation last?
The time to complete the questionnaire and medical control → 10-20 minutes
The act of donation itself → 10 minutes
The overall process → 20-30 minutes
Does the blood donation hurt?
No. The simple sting at the finger for control of hemoglobin and the entry of the needle in the donation can cause this time a slight discomfort, which does not remain during the process.
How much blood do I donate?
The volume of the blood obtained is 450ml ± 45ml by the European Union directives. They decided that amount so that the blood can produce blood products (platelets, packed red, plasma) for the safety of the donor.
Do I feel "strange" during the donation?
Some donors claim a «strange» feeling during the donation. You may feel dizzy and then immediately we will stop the donation.
Am I alone when I donate blood?
No. There will always be a nurse who will watch you.
How will I feel after giving blood?
The donors that donate blood frequently usually feel good. Most donors do not report any discomfort if the next four hours consume enough fluids. A few people feel a slight weakness and fewer report the feeling of faintness. This is absolutely normal and you should not be worried.
What happens if I feel dizzy or faint?
If you feel a slight dizziness, lay down or sit down with your head on your knees. In the unlikely event that you feel faint, lie down and roll up your feet at the highest point. Do not get nervous and remained in this position for a while. Usually after a few minutes, the symptoms subduce.
What to do if my arm is bleeding or bruising?
If you observe that the point where they took blood bleeds, raise your hand up and push the bleeding site, until it stops. If you worry about the appearance of bruises on your hand, call the doctor that is responsible for the donation.
How long after donating can I start my normal activities?
Under normal conditions, immediately after the donation. However, it is better to give a little time to yourself to eat a toast that we will offer you and drink an orange juice. We recommend you also the next four hours to consume plenty of fluids as well as to avoid heavy manual work.
What type of tests are processed to my blood?
Test for HIV 1, 2, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and for the HTLV virus. Also, your group of blood is determined, and from 2009 all units are tested also with molecular techniques for hepatitis B, C and HIV.
Will I be informed if the results of tests are not good?
Yes, we will contact you in full discretion and confidentiality.
When do I find out my blood type?
Two to three days after donation you can contact the service you gave blood and to be informed about your blood type. If you have asked to have a donor card then you’ll get the card which will record your blood type inside.
What it means that I have rare blood group?
It simply means that your blood contains a rare combination of antigens and for this reason it is useful for the donation service to know it before the donation.
Causes of permanent exclusion:
Hypertension sub Treatment
Autoimmune rheumatic diseases -Vareies
Chronic kidney disease
Diabetes mellitus treated
Hepatitis B, C, HIV infection
Liver disease – alcoholism
CAUSES OF TEMPORARY DISPOSAL:
Surgery (6-month – 1 year accordingly).
Hyperthyroidism (for two years after the end of treatment with antithyroid drugs).