As long as your acupuncture treatment was performed by a qualified practitioner using a single-use needle under sterile conditions, you are eligible to donate. If acupuncture treatment was performed by an unqualified practitioner, you are not eligible to donate for 12 months
In order to donate, you must be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with a parent or guardian consent. Download permission slip here.
Eligible as long as your allergies are controlled (no headaches or breathing difficulties)
Must be off antibiotics for 3 days
- Antibiotics, for preventative measures (i.e. acne, rosacea, prior to dental work due to MVP or joint replacement) - eligible to donate
- Antibiotics, oral for infection - eligible to donate after medication is complete and you are free from illness for 3 days
Eligible to donate for whole blood and plasma donations. Platelet donors must be off aspirin for 48 hours
Acceptable as long as donors symptoms are under control and the donor has been asymptomatic for 24 hours
- Low - As long as donor is feeling well and their blood pressure is at least 90 systolic and 50 diastolic then they are eligible to donate
- High - Acceptable as long as their blood pressure is below 180 systolic and below 100 diastolic at the time of their donation
- Prescription blood pressure medication does not defer a donor from donating as long as their blood pressure is within range at the time of donation
Anyone that has received a blood transfusion will not be eligible to donate for 12 months from date of transfusion. Although if it’s an autologous donation (your own blood), donor is eligible.
Although, if donor has received a blood transfusion since 1980 in the United Kingdom or France* they are not eligible to donate.
(*Countries include: Channel Islands, England, Falkland Islands, France - its overseas departments, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
- Eligibility is based on what type of cancer and the treatment history. If a donor had Leukemia, Lymphoma, multiple Myeloma, or Sarcoma then the donor is permanently deferred.
- If donor’s cancer was treated with or without radiation or chemotherapy - except for hematological cancers - donor will have to wait 5 years after deemed cancer free until they are eligible
- Skin Cancer (Must wait 5 years after deemed cancer free unless a pathology report is provided)
- Basal Cell: donor has to have no stitches in order to be eligible. If a donor has stitches, then it must be verified through a pathology report (written or verbal).
- Squamous Cell: has to be verified through a written only pathology report in order to be eligible, which must be approved by Medical Director
- Minor (Cleaning, simple filling, etc) - must be over 1 day since the procedure
- Major (Tooth extraction, root canal, crown prep, etc) - For dental implants, the donor must be off antibiotics for at least 3 days. If the donor has a cadaver bone or tissue then it is 12 months until eligible
Non-insulin dependent: Eligible to donate if medically controlled and stable for at least 3 months
Insulin Dependent: If donor is insulin dependent (including insulin pumps), they have to meet the following requirements or they will not be eligible for 3 months:
- Asymptomatic of either high/low sugar or high/low insulin
- Controlled and stable for > 3 months
- Eaten properly on the day of donation
- Adhered to normal insulin schedule on the day of donation
- Last blood sugar reading was taken within 24 hours and was between 80-200 mg/dl
- Has been at least 1 hour since last insulin injection (except for insulin pump)
- Angina, Arrhythmias (Irregular Heartbeat), Bundle Branch Block, Coronary Artery Disease, Mitral Valve Prolapse/Leaky Valve, Murmurs
- Must be symptom-free for the past 8 weeks
- No activity restriction from physician
- No nitroglycerin for past 8 weeks
- Aortic Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure
- Permanent deferral
- Heart Attack
- If over one year ago: symptom-free for past 8 weeks, no activity restriction from physician, and no nitroglycerin for past 8 weeks
- If less than a year ago: donor must provide a physician’s note giving approval OR medical director must give approval
- Pacemaker and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
- Medical Director has given approval
- Symptom-free for past 8 weeks
- No activity restriction from physician
- No nitroglycerin for past 8 weeks
- Exposure: if donor has had sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis or live with with someone that carries this virus, they must wait 12 months after the last contact
- If donor has a history of hepatitis, they are not eligible to donate
Not eligible to donate if the donor has AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test.
If you have done the following, you are at risk of getting infected:
- Are a male that has had sexual contact with another male in the last 12 months
- Have ever used needles to take any drugs, steroids, or medications not prescribed by your doctor
- Have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex
Have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
DO NOT STOP taking medications prescribed by your doctor in order to donate blood. Donating while taking these drugs could have a negative effect on your health or on the health of the recipient of your blood. Please tell us if you are being treated with the following types of medications or have taken:
- Anti-platelet agents (usually taken to prevent stroke or heart attack)
- Feldene (piroxicam) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Effient (prasugrel) - wait 3 days after last dose
- Brilinta (ticagrelor) - wait 7 days after last dose
- Plavix (clopidogrel) - wait 14 days after last dose
- Ticlid (ticlopidine) - wait 14 days after last dose
- Zontivity (vorapaxar) - wait 1 month after last dose
- Anticoagulants or “blood thinners” (usually to prevent blood clots in the legs and lungs and to prevent strokes)
- Xarelto (rivaroxaban) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Fragmin (dabigatran) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Lovenox (enoxaparin) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Pradaxa (dabigatran) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Eliquis (apixaban) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Savaysa (edoxaban) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Arixtra (fondaparinux) - wait 2 days after last dose
- Coumadin, warfilone, jantoven (warfarin) - wait 7 days after last dose
- Heparin, low molecular weight heparin (warfarin) - wait 7 days after last dose
- Acne Treatment
- Accutane, amnesteem, absorica, claravis, myorisan, sotret, and zenatane (isotretinoin) - wait 1 month after last dose
- Multiple myeloma
- Thalomid (thalidomide) - wait 1 month after last dose
- Hair loss remedy
- Propecia (finasteride) - wait 1 month after last dose
- Prostate symptoms
- Proscar (finasteride) - wait 1 month after last dose
- Avodart (dutasteride) - wait 6 months after last dose
- Jalyn (dutasteride) - wait 6 months after last dose
- Basal Cell Skin Cancer
- Erivedge (vismodegib) - wait 24 months after last dose
- Odomzo (sonidegib) - wait 24 months after last dose
- Relapsing multiple sclerosis
- Aubagio (teriflunomide) - wait 24 months after last dose
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Arava (leflunomide) - wait 24 months after last dose
- Soriatane (acitretin) - wait 36 months after last dose
- Tegison (etretinate) - not eligible
- Hepatitis exposure
- Hepatitis B Immune/Globulin (HBIG) - wait 12 months after last dose
- Experimental Medication or Unlicensed (Experimental) Vaccine - wait 12 months
- Growth hormone from human pituitary glands - not eligible
- Insulin from Cows (Bovine or Beef Insulin) manufactured in the United Kingdom - not eligible
- Immunosuppressant or Other Medications (These medications can be used to treat cancers, auto-immune disorders, or organ transplant anti-rejection). Wait 3 months after last dose for the following:
- Orencia (abatacept)
- Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate)
- Enbrel (etanercept)
- Remicade (infliximab)
- Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)
- Humira (adalimumab)
- Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil)
- Cosentyx (secukinumab)
- Otezla (apremilast)
- Imuran/Azasan (azathioprine)
- Rheumatrex, trexall, otrexup, rasuvo (methotrexate)
- Prolia, Xgeva (denosumab)
If medication is not listed, please contact us here.
- Donor - Must be 8 weeks post-donation and released from medical care
- Recipient - Permanent deferral
As long as the piercing was done using single-use equipment, as well as in a CA state licensed parlor, you are able to donate after 7 days. It will be a 1 year deferral if these requirements aren’t met
You have to be 6 weeks postpartum and be released from medical care in order to be eligible to donate. This includes miscarriages and abortions.
- Breastfeeding - Eligible to donate if you are breastfeeding just make sure you increase your fluid intake
You must be released from doctor’s care and stitches must be removed
- Major (e.g. joint replacement, abdominal surgery, back surgery, hysterectomy, generally requiring hospital admission and overnight stay) - Must be 6 weeks since your surgery.*
- Minor (e.g. scope procedures, foot surgery, rhinoplasty) - Must be 3 weeks since surgery*
- Mini (e.g. eye surgery) - Must be 1 week since surgery*
*Consult with RN as needed
This trait is an inherited group of disorders where red blood cells contort into a sickle shape. The sickle cell trait is a gene mutation that can be passed along by a child’s parent. The child does not have the disease, but can transfer the defective gene on to future generations.
- Sickle cell trait: if the donor knows that they carry the trait, we do not encourage donors to donate whole blood. Although, if you carry the trait you can donate platelets or plasma
- Sickle cell disease: donor is not eligible to donate
Eligible if it has been 12 months since the successful completion of treatment. You must provide proof in written form.
You can donate after 7 days as long as you received your tattoo in a state-regulated, licensed parlor using sterile needles and non-reusable ink. It will be a 12 month deferral if these requirements aren’t met
If you have traveled outside of the United States, you will be asked about your travel destinations at the time of donation. If you have traveled to a Malaria area, you will have to wait one year until eligible to donate. If you immigrated from a Malaria area, you will not be eligible to donate for 3 years
The following are permanent deferrals:
- European Countries - If you have spent a cumulative of 5 years or more since 1980
- United Kingdom - You have visited or lived in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar or Falkland Islands for a total of 3 months or more from 1980 thru 1996
- Cortisone Allergy shots, Flu/Pneumonia vaccine, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid (injection/oral), and Cholera - Eligible to donate
- Antigen Allergy shot - 24 hours from injection until eligible
- Rubeola (Measles), Yellow Fever, Mumps and Oral Polio - Must wait 2 weeks after receiving any of these shots
- Botox, Hepatitis B, MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella), Zostavax/Shingrix Shingles, Rubella (German Measles), Varicella (Chicken Pox) - Must wait 4 weeks after receiving any of these shots
- Unlicensed vaccines - permanent deferral
- TB Skin test
- For negative reading, donor is eligible to donate
- For positive reading, donor must have a negative chest X-ray, no signs or symptoms of disease, and a completed course of preventative medication treatment (If prescribed)
- Non-disseminated - You are eligible to donate after 2 years of being fully recovered and have completed treatment
- Disseminated, Chronic - since it involves other organs, such as, brain, liver, heart, etc it is a permanent deferral
Blood Donation FAQ
Donors must be 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parental consent, in order to donate. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
For additional requirements, please refer to the eligibility requirements that can be found above.
- Registration: Bring your ID and check-in with one of our team members when you arrive. You will be instructed to read our donor educational material and fill out the donor questionnaire. To make your donation appointment a breeze, fill out your donor questionnaire on the day of your scheduled appointment.
- Screening: When your name is called, you will be directed to one of our private screening rooms where a nurse/phlebotomist will ask you confidential health questions and perform a mini-physical (temperature, hemoglobin levels, blood pressure, etc)
- Donation: You’ll then be invited to a donor chair when you pass the health requirements. Once you are seated, the actual donation will take about 8-10 minutes
- Recovery: After your donation, you will be provided with snacks and refreshments to replenish your body while you relax for about 15 minutes.
Time varies depending on each person. A few factors that could affect the donation process time could be health factors, attendance at a blood drive, etc.
- Whole Blood: On average, the entire process takes about 45 minutes. The actual donation process of one pint of whole blood takes approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
- Double Red, Platelets, and Plasma: Plan on being here for about 2 hours for the whole entire donation process. For double red and plasma donations, the actual donation can take up to 30 minutes to an hour. For platelets, the actual donation takes about 1 hour to an hour and a half. Donors have the option to watch movies in the donor chairs to help the time go by faster!
We ask personal questions to ensure your safety and the safety of the blood supply. For example, some individuals can be at risk for transferring diseases through their blood donation.
CA State Law requires you to remain in the Blood Bank for at least 15 minutes after donating blood. Once you leave our mobile or donor center, we recommend the following:
- Drink extra fluids over the next few hours
- Do not smoke for at least 30 minutes after donating
- Leave the bandage on for 2 hours. If there is still bleeding from the phlebotomy site, raise your arm and apply pressure for several minutes. Reapply bandage if necessary.
- Do not skip meals
- Over the next 24 hours: avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Do not drink alcohol.
- Most donors can resume normal work activity although donors with more hazardous occupations should use caution. Airline pilots and high altitude workers should limit work-related activity.
If you become dizzy or fainting occurs, lie down or sit with your head between your knees until symptoms subside. If symptoms persist, or if you have concerns about your donation, contact us here.
Don’t worry - it will only pinch for a split-second - but the good you do will literally last a lifetime.
- Mobile Drives: We recommend bringing an extra person to watch your kid(s) while you are donating in one of our lifesaver fleets.
- Donor Sites: If you are donating at one of our donation centers, we have a room where kids can play with our Xbox, toys, and more while you are donating. Each of our kids rooms are easily visible, so you can keep your eye on them while you are donating.
- Small, disk-shaped cell fragments that are essential for blood clotting and help control bleeding
- Needed to support cancer therapy, open heart surgery, blood disorders and organ transplants
- Made in bone marrow
- There about 250 million per milliliter of blood and their main function is to help clot blood and heal wounds
- If a woman wants to donate platelets and has had a history of pregnancy to delivery, we require them to take an HLA test, which can be done at any of our donor centers or mobile blood drives.
- The liquid portion of the blood (92% water, plus proteins and salts) that helps with clotting and protects the body against foreign substances
- Used to treat burn victims, patients with certain bleeding disorders and for plasma exchanges
There are people in need of blood to survive. By donating blood, platelets or plasma, you can save the day, and save a life!
The safety of our donors and our team members are one of our top priorities. We have many protocols in place to ensure that we are not putting anyone at harm:
- Proper Mask Etiquette: Our team members are required to wear masks when in contact with donors or visitors. Donors are asked to wear masks.
- Sanitation: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces before and after use.
- Social Distancing: We try to maintain ample space between each donor.
Know Your Type
Knowing your blood type can prevent the risk of receiving incompatible blood during a time of need.
Not only that, there are times when we have a shortage of a specific blood type, so knowing yours can save someone's life by donating. Remember, when you give, people live!
|Blood Type||Can Give Blood To||Can Recieve Blood From||% of Population||RH Factor Present?||Facts|
|A+||A+, AB+||A-/+, O-/+||31||Yes||1 in 3 people have this blood type|
|A-||A+/-, AB+/-||A-, O-||6||No||Can help all patients that have A and AB blood types|
|B+||B+, AB+||B+/-, O+/-||9||Yes||Less than 10% of people are type B+|
|B-||B+/-, AB+/-||B-, O-||2||No||Only 2 out of a hundred are this type|
|AB+||AB+||Everyone||3||Yes||The universal plasma donor|
|AB-||AB+||O-, A-, B-, AB-||1||No||The universal plasma & platelet donor|
|O+||O+, A+, B+, AB+||O-/+||39||Yes||O+ is the most common blood type|
|O-||Everyone||O-||9||No||O- is the universal blood donor|
A+/-, B+/-: Blood components are helpful to trauma, burn, & cancer patients
AB+/-: Blood components are helpful to cancer & bleeding disorder patients
O+/-: Blood components are helpful to burn & trauma victims