Donor Information

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Frequently Asked Questions:

I have to do tests before you can donate blood?
It is not necessary, since the day of donation you will undergo an assessment (triage) and being able to donate will be also collected for serological tests. Hence the importance of sincerity of the answers right now.

What are the medications that prevent donation?
Clarify that it is not feasible for the Blood Center to be available this list because of wide variation of standards for drugs and the quantity of medicinal products placed on the market constantly.
Ideally, the donor please contact us by phone or in person whenever you are on medication.
If you want you can contact us by phone 0800-722-8432 (VIDA).

Donating blood thickens or thins the blood?
Donating blood does not thicken the blood thins. After the donation, there is volume replacement and blood components by the body until it reaches an equilibrium that existed before the donation.

É necessário jejum para doar sangue?
The candidate can not be fasting! However, it should not have eaten fatty foods (such as “bacon, eggs, beans, etc.). At least 4 hours before donation.

What happens if you find a laboratory test changes in donation?
In this case, the candidate will be summoned to attend the Blood Center for guidance on the meaning of this examination and be referred to specialized medical care when appropriate.

What are the benefits of the blood donor?
In our country it is forbidden by law to direct or indirect reward for donating blood. In fact, the “benefit” that the donor receives is the knowledge that is helping blood supply of quality to meet the whole community, remembering that anyone might need blood, especially in emergencies.

Can I get any disease by donating blood?
No. There is no risk of “catching diseases” by donating blood, since that donations be made in the services under control of the Department of Health, as blood centers, and Hemonúcleos Transfusion, where procedures follow safety standards and quality.

What are the diseases that impede blood donation?
There are a number of diseases that can hinder blood donation, the donation is because in this case could harm the donor, whether because the donation can harm patients who receive this blood. To check whether a certain disease can prevent the donation, it is important that the candidate passes the screening of donors, as will be targeted on your specific situation.

What are the tests that are made?
The examinations are those determined by legislation, defined by the National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance Ministry of Health are: serological tests for Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, AIDS, Chagas disease, HTLV-I/II; determination blood group AB0/Rh; search of abnormal hemoglobins.

How often can I donate blood?
The minimum interval between donations is 60 days to 90 days for men and women. It is important to note that men can donate a maximum of 4 times in 12 months and women three times during this period. For people over 60 years, the minimum interval between donations is 6 months.

How old to donate blood?
The candidate should have between 18 and 65 years of age. In some special situations and at the request of the physician and hematologist hemoterapêuta, the donation can be made outside these age limits.

What weight to give blood?
The candidate must have 50 pounds or more. In some special situations and at the request of the physician and hematologist hemoterapêuta, the donation can be done with less weight, but with special care.

How long should I stay without smoke?
We recommend an interval of at least 2 hours before and after the donation, thus reducing the risk of reactions, such as pressure drop.

Anyone who has had hepatitis can donate blood?
People who have had viral hepatitis after age 10 can not donate blood. The cases where there is doubt, the candidate should seek the Blood Center nearest to evaluate the case.

How long does the donation process?
The whole process of the donation is register, pre-screening, screening and lunch, takes about eighty minutes, which may be higher or lower depending on the amount of people present at the site.

Bone Marrow Donation

At registration I am already donating bone marrow?
No. Currently, only a sheet is filled with your data is collected and 10 ml of blood (equivalent to measure for you to do a blood test normal).

Drank alcohol in the hours or days, can I sign up?
Yes, no other person will receive the blood collected. In this sample examination will be conducted HLA (histocompatibility) and the results will be recorded in the Radome (National Registry of Bone Marrow Donor), and will also be referred to a world bank.

Donate now and if I eventually need a relative of mine, I will have to donate to him?
Yes, the bone marrow transplant is the only one that is made in life and not run out, that his bone marrow to reconstitute it only takes 15 days.

Bone Marrow is equal to the spinal cord?
No. The bone marrow is the factory of the blood and concentrates in the bone cavity and is more active in the hip bone. It is composed mainly by stem cells, which are responsible for manufacturing the various components of blood (white blood cells, red blood cells …) is roughly the marrow as we see in the bone of the ox.

Run risk of being paralyzed?
There are no records of incidents with the donor. The basic principle of health is health, so there’s no sense in harming the health of someone in favor of another.

Diseases which are prohibitive for registration as a donor?
AIDS, cancer and Hepatitis C. Therefore, hepatitis A and B, high blood pressure, diabetes, among others, do not inhibit the entry. If you have never done specific tests for these diseases do not worry, when it is convened as a donor you will be a battery of tests.

If I am already registered need to resubscribe?
No, once registered you will be permanently inscribed, but keep their data current to enable its location if you are compatible with any patient. This is fundamental.

Is there any alternative treatment for patients who need transplants?
Unfortunately only the transplant may allow the cure of patients. Other treatments, like chemotherapy, allowing a longer life, but does not solve. This patient has a spinal patient and only the bone marrow transplant can save him.

If I go to someone with a compatible donor, as is the transplant?
There are two procedures:

  • by puncture of the hip bone, this procedure is done in the operating room and takes about 40 minutes and requires no general anesthesia. The donor has released the next day and can go out driving your own vehicle, if applicable. You’ll have a little pain, as if taken a tumble, takes two or three days.
  • by puncturing a peripheral vein, as in blood donation. The donor receives a medication 5 days before the transplant, the stem cells migrate from the bone marrow into the blood where they are already small presence. This procedure takes about 5 hours, the blood will be filtered (apheresis) and being separated and collected only the stem cells (blood continues her with you) It’s taken 10% of the capacity of a donor (as well as puncture of the hip) and bone marrow regenerates completely in just 15 days.

What determines the choice of procedure which will transplant?
As already stated, the bone marrow is more active in the hip bone, so in cases of critically ill patients who take them long to find an ideal donor, it is recommended to puncture the hip, because the effect for the patient is safer, as it allows the faster your recovery.

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