Whole Blood Donation
By making a whole blood donation at Huntington Hospital you will not only save lives but help the hospital maintain an adequate blood supply for the community. Blood has a limited shelf life and the hospital uses more than 17,000 blood products annually. Every unit counts – including yours!
- You must be in general good health.
- Must be 16 years of age or older, and 16 year-olds must have a written Huntington Hospital
parental consent form only.
- You must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
- People over the age of 75 may donate at the Donor Center with a written note from their
primary care physician.
- Diabetics may donate if diabetes is controlled with diet or medication. Diabetics taking insulin may donate as long as they are in good control and they have never taken bovine insulin.
- Aspirin is acceptable if the donor is not donating platelets.
- Cancer: May donate after treatment of basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, and cervical dysplasia or carcinoma in-situ of the cervix. Donors with a history of a solid organ or non-hematologic malignancy may donate 1 year after completion of treatment provided they have remained symptom free without relapse.
- Donors with high blood pressure may donate if pressure is controlled with medication.
- Hydrate - Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.
- Wear Something Comfortable - Wear clothing with sleeves that
can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
- Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donating - If possible include iron enriched foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation
- Bring a List of Medications You Are Currently Taking
- Bring a Photo ID which includes your date of birth – We need to establish a permanent identification number for you, such
as your drivers license number, social security number , passport, or we may create a unique number using the last 4 digits of your social security number.
Not everyone is eligible to donate whole blood.
Please review the information below to determine if you may donate.
Temporary Whole Blood Deferral
- Cold or flu - must be symptom free for 48 hours
- Antibiotics – medication must be completed for at least 48 hours and donor must be symptom free
- Shots/Inoculations – call the Donor Center for further information
- Pregnancy – At least six weeks after vaginal delivery
- Tattoo – must wait 12 months
- Blood Transfusion – must wait 12 months
- Travel – Please inform the nurse if you have been out of the country in the past three years. Several countries (e.g., India, parts of Mexico and countries in South American) have temporary deferrals.
Indefinite Travel Deferral
- United Kingdom - three months cumulative time in the UK from 1980 to 1996
- Europe - five years cumulative time in Europe from 1980 to present
- Please inform your nurse if you were a member of the US Military,
or a civilian military employee or dependent
Permanent Whole Blood Deferral
- HIV infection
- Jaundice – after the age of 10
Please call the Blood Donor Center if you have health history concerns or questions: (626) 397- 5422