Who Can Donate Blood?
Community hospitals across the country, including Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , are dependent upon a steady supply of donated blood to provide emergency care and non-emergent medical services for patients. Although there are strict eligibility requirements to donate blood, only a small percentage of individuals who are eligible donate blood each year. Las Vegas-area residents are encouraged to find out if they may be eligible to become blood donors.
General Eligibility Requirements
In most states, the general eligibility requirements include being at least 17 years of age. Blood donors must also be in good general health and they must be feeling well at the time of donation. This means that blood donors who feel as though they may be catching a cold or contracting another infection should reschedule their appointments to donate blood. Additionally, blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. This weight requirement is increased for double red cell donors.
Some medical conditions may affect your eligibility to donate blood. If you have asthma, allergies, high or low blood pressure, heart disease, or hepatitis, the blood drive technician will ask you some additional questions to determine your eligibility. These are just a few examples of medical conditions that can affect eligibility. Be sure to disclose your full medical history at the blood drive.
Medications and Vaccinations
Taking medications as prescribed and receiving all doctor-recommended vaccinations are important steps toward maintaining your well-being. However, these products may sometimes affect blood donor eligibility. For certain immunizations, you may be asked to temporarily defer your donation. Most medications will not affect eligibility, such as birth control pills and herbal remedies. Those taking certain drugs may have a waiting period following the last dosage before they can donate blood. These include finasteride, prasugrel, isotretinoin, and warfarin.
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a leading provider of emergency care, including stroke care and heart care. Every day, our hospital relies on generous blood donors to give the gift of life. Residents throughout the Las Vegas area can contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300 for general information about blood donations or to request a physician referral.