Blood donation: Basic Requirements
Blood donation helps save lives. Find out if you’re eligible to donate blood and what to expect if you decide to donate.
The need for blood is great. On any given day, more than two thousand of blood units are transfused to patients in our country. Some may need blood during surgery. Others depend on it after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. The Philippine National Red Cross approximately supplies one-fourth of the country’s national blood requirements.
If you’re in good health, you can probably donate. Find out about blood donation and what to expect if you decide to give.
Who can donate blood?
You can donate blood if you:
· Are in good health
· Between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need parents consent)
· Weigh at least 110 pounds
· With a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg
Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg
· Pass the physical and health history assessments
PNRC Blood Service Facilities carefully screen potential donors. The screening guidelines are necessary to ensure that blood donation is safe for you and that it’s safe for the person who receives your blood.
During the screening process, you fill out a blood donation questionnaire form that includes direct questions about behaviours known to carry a higher risk of blood-borne infections — infections that are transmitted through the blood. These behaviours include prostitution, intravenous drug use and others. A trained physician asks you about your medical/ health history and conducts a physical examination, which includes checking your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. All of the information from this evaluation is kept strictly confidential.
During your blood donation screening procedure, a small sample of blood taken from a finger prick is used to check your hemoglobin level, the oxygen-carrying component of your blood. If your hemoglobin concentration is normal and you’ve met all the other screening requirements, you can donate blood.