As a blood donor, there are some basic requirements you need to meet in order to donate blood. You are eligible to donate blood if you’re in good health. Here are some fundamental requirements for eligibility.
1. Age: A person that is below the age of 18 and above 65 is not eligible to donate. You are only eligible to donate, if you are between 18 and 65 years.
2. Weight: You should be weighing at least 50kg for you to be able to donate.
3. Your pulse rate must be between 60 and 100 beats/minute with regular rhythm before donating.
4. Your blood pressure must be between 90 and 160 systolic and 60 and 100 diastolic before you donate.
5. Health: You must be in good health before donating blood. You must not donate, if youhave flu, cold sores, sore throat, stomach bug, or any other ailment. You must not donate blood if your hemoglobin is below the required threshold. You are not eligible to donate if you recently had a tattoo or body piercing, but you can donate after six months to one year. You can donate after 12 hours if the body piercing was done by a licensed health care provider and any inflammation has totally subsided.
6. During pregnancy and breastfeeding: After giving birth, the deferral period should last the same number of months as the length of the pregnancy. Giving blood while nursing is not recommended. The deferral phase is at least nine months (as with pregnancy) following childbirth until three months after your infant has been significantly stopped from breastfeeding or has received majority of his or her nutrients from solids or bottle feeding.
7. Activities: You can’t donate blood if you have injected non-prescribed drugs, including body-building and injectable tanning agents. You may be able to give if a doctor prescribed the drugs. You can’t donate if you have engaged in risky sexual activities for the past 12 months and have had a positive test for HIV (Aids virus).
8. Travel: You can’t donate blood if you have traveled to areas where mosquito-borne infections are endemic, e.g. malaria, dengue and zika virus infections; this may result in a temporary delay for you to be properly checked to ensure that you are okay.
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