Are you eligible to donate blood?
There is a constant, pressing need for blood donors all over the country and right here in San Jose. By becoming a blood donor, you could save the lives of people in your own community. Donated blood is urgently needed for emergency care, cardiac care and cancer care patients, along with those undergoing routine or emergency surgeries. It only takes a few minutes of your time to visit a local blood drive and find out if you’re eligible. If you have any health concerns about becoming a blood donor, the physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital look forward to discussing them with you.
For most people, height and weight are not barriers to donating blood. Eligible blood donors must simply weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors who are 18 years old or younger must meet additional weight requirements, depending on their height.
Chronic medical conditions
Each potential donor’s health will be evaluated individually, but in general, patients with chronic illnesses may still donate as long as the condition is well-controlled and the individual feels well. These general guidelines apply to the following medical conditions:
- Heart disease
- Heart murmur
- High or low blood pressure
Patients with bleeding problems might not be able to donate blood for their own safety. Additionally, the following medical conditions prohibit people from donating blood:
- Mad cow disease
- Family history of mad cow disease
- Recent hepatitis exposure
- Recent malaria exposure
- Sickle cell disease
- Active infection
This is not an exhaustive list of medical conditions, so be sure to fully disclose your medical conditions when you go to the blood drive.
The blood drive professional will ask you about your medication use and whether you’ve recently had any vaccines. Most medications do not prohibit you from donating blood, including the following:
- Birth control
- Over-the-counter nutritional supplements
The emergency care and cardiac care providers at Good Samaritan Hospital would like to offer our sincere thanks to all blood donors throughout our San Jose community. You can get in touch with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362. If you aren’t eligible to donate blood, you can still help others by donating your time at local blood drives.