General Donor Eligibility Criteria for the whole blood donation
Any healthy adult can donate blood, male every 3 months and female 4
months. A person who has donated platelets can donate platelets/blood
again after 1 week.
- Age: between 18 and 60 years
- Haemoglobin: not less than 12.5 g/dL
- Pulse: between 50 and 100 per minute with no irregularities
- Blood Pressure: systolic 100-180 mm Hg and diastolic 50-100 mm Hg
- Temperature: Normal (oral temperature not exceeding 37.5°C)
- Body weight: not less than 45/50 kgs
- Health conditions: The following criteria should be fulfilled.
*These are some of the most common criteria, and is not a complete list of exclusions/eligibility criteria, These criteria may change or vary across blood banks.
- Past 1 year- Not been treated for Rabies, typhoid, or received Hepatitis B immune globulin
- Past 6-12 months- not had a tattoo, ear or skin piercing or acupuncture, dental extraction, not received blood or blood products, no serious illness or major surgery, not in direct contact with a person with hepatitis or yellow jaundice (wait 12 months after full course of hepatitis B vaccination)
- Past 3 months- Not been treated for malaria.
- Past 1 month- Have not had any immunizations
- Past 48 hours-Not taken any antibiotics or any other medications
- Past 48 hours- Not taken alcoholic beverages
- Not suffering from common cold/influenza/sore throat/cough (wait 1 week)
- Women should not be pregnant or breastfeeding their child
- Women donors should not donate during their menstrual cycles.
- Free from diabetes, not suffering from chest pain, heart disease or high bp, cancer, blood clotting problem or blood disease, unexplained fever, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, hyper thyroid, chronic diarrhea
- Have not ever had TB, bronchial asthma, liver disease or kidney disease or suffering from epilepsy or syphilis, AIDS or symptoms of AIDS
- Not suffering from infectious diseases like Chickenpox, Dengue, Measles (wait 6 months after recovery)