Blood donation is something that some people do out of courtesy, others do because an opportunity presents itself. Blood Assurance has a number of centers to help donors have easy access to these facilities. In some cases, you will not be allowed to donate when you have just recently traveled out of the country. This is particularly if you have visited a country that has a high risk of malaria. However, such restrictions are revised on a yearly basis, so get in touch with your blood donation center for more information about sanctions on a certain country.
How long does it take to donate blood at Blood Assurance?
It only takes 30 – 45 minutes for the entire process, including filling in the questionnaire, having your physical status confirmed and donation. The process of obtaining your blood should not take more than 10 minutes. For each donation you make, you have the potential of saving up to 3 lives.
Booking appointments is a good way to shorten the duration of time you will spend at the donation center. It is also important because it allows the members of staff to prepare for your visit and plan for you. You can make an appointment online or call 1-800-962-0628. Compared with other donation centers that restrict donors to making appointments only, you can still donate blood at Blood Assurance as a walk-in donor.
Who can donate blood at Blood Assurance?
All of the country’s blood transfusion supply generally comes from blood donors. If you are a healthy individual, it is a good thing to come forward and donate from time to time. This helps the blood banks ensure patients have supply whenever they need help.
Sadly, at Blood Assurance donation centers and across the country, only under 10% of the healthy and eligible population often offer to donate blood. There are 13 different tests that are performed on the blood donated to make sure that it is safe for the patients.
To give blood, you have to be no less than 17-years old. 16-year olds can donate blood only if they have parental or guardian consent. You have to be healthy generally, and this will be ascertained through different medical tests that will be performed each time you come to donate. Your medical history will also provide details of the same.
Donors should weigh at least 110 pounds. If you are older than 80 years, you do not need approval from your physician anymore before you donate. This is a non-profit, licensed donor center. Therefore, they are constitutionally bound to ask questions regarding your health before you are allowed to donate, to protect the interests of the individual donor, and also the patients who will receive your blood.
Blood assurance is licensed under the Tennessee Department of Public Health, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Georgia Department of Human Resources. This is why they are legally bound to carry out the tests they do and ask you the questions they do before you donate blood, as stipulated in their incorporation guidelines.
I am anemic, can I donate at Blood Assurance?
Yes, you can. Other than the normal tests, your iron levels (hemoglobin) will be checked first. If on the day of donation your levels are normal, you can give blood. On the days leading to this, try and eat a lot of iron-rich food.
Can cancer patients donate at Blood Assurance?
This depends on the type of cancer. If you have cancers like lymphoma and leukemia, you will be permanently deferred from donating blood. However, if you have survived cancer you are free to give blood if you have been in remission for no less than one year.
Will Blood Assurance pay me to donate blood?
Compared to other blood donation centers, paid blood donation is not available here. This is to protect the safety of the blood supply. Take note that this is a non-profit regional blood center. The blood received is supplied to the local hospitals.
Blood Assurance only gets paid by the hospitals they serve for the costs of collection, tests done and cost of delivering the blood to the hospitals. Only paid plasma collection centers give donors money for their plasma contribution. The FDA further bars such donations from human transfusion in hospitals. Since the donations will be used to manufacture pharmaceutical and cosmetic products for sale, it is mandatory that the donors get paid. You are free to donate blood no more than 6 times each year. You can schedule blood donations to once every 2 months.