Information sheet for blood donors

Risks for the donor
Blood donation involves venipuncture on the inner side of the elbow and the withdrawal of almost 500 ml of blood in about 10 minutes. This rapid blood loss is generally well tolerated by a person in good health. Certain questions of the medical questionnaire, checking of the blood pressure and haemoglobin level may prevent you from donating blood if a situation is foreseeable which might be dangerous for your health. Nevertheless, in spite of these precautionary measures, certain undesirable events cannot be completely avoided: • a transitory blood pressure drop, • local reactions at the puncture site (haematoma or lesion of the underlying nerve). Most of these events are harmless and of very short duration. Nevertheless exceptional complications (e.g. reduced mobility of the arm) cannot be totally excluded. Your transfusion centre will give you useful advice on the best way to avoid or treat these.

The following risk situations represent a temporary contraindication for blood donation
6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Stay during the past 6 months in a region where malaria is endemic, without any health problem (in case of illness with fever, tell the doctor in charge of donors, the contraindicated time for blood donation being longer in this case). Gonorrhoea or any other sexually transmitted disease during the past 12 months Change of sexual partner* during the past 6 months Sexual intercourse* with multiple partners during the past 12 months Stay of at least 6 months in the past 5 years in countries where AIDS is epidemic Sexual intercourse* during the past 12 months with partners exposed to one of the risk situations mentioned under 1 to 5 or 7 to 10 Sexual intercourse* during the past 12 months with partners having received blood transfusions or blood product transfusions during the past 5 years in countries where AIDS is epidemic. *whether protected or not

Precautionary measures to reduce the risk for the recipient of your blood donation:
1. Risk situations
There is a risk whenever infectious agents in your blood are transmitted to a patient even if you are not sick or do not feel sick. Your answers to the medical questionnaire allow us to evaluate this risk. The BTS SRC has established clear guidance to determine your suitability to donate blood. Consequently you may be excluded from blood donation, either for a transitory period or permanently.

2. Biological tests
The systematic screening for the AIDS virus, hepatitis virus (B and C) and the syphilis agent takes place at each blood donation. Should one of the tests give a reactive result, you will immediately be informed and the blood you donated will not be transfused. However there is always a certain lapse of time between the moment of infection and the moment when biological tests start being reactive. It is thus possible that an infectious agent is transmitted to the recipient without the transfusion centre knowing and preventing it. Therefore a truthful answer is essential. In the same way, blood group ABO, Rhesus D and possibly other important blood groups in transfusion medicine are determined for each donor (if necessary by genetic methods).

The following risk situations represent a permanent contraindication for blood donation
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Positive test for the biological markers of AIDS (HIV), syphilis, hepatitis C and persisting/active hepatitis B Male sexual intercourse* with one or more men since 1977 Sexual intercourse for money since 1977 Drug injection (at present or in the past) Coagulation diseases treated with blood components (plasma or fractions)

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nitroglycerine) • After receiving a transplant from someone else • If you have angina pectoris or have had a heart attack or heart surgery • If you have cancer (even after surgery). typical situations in which blood donors may not donate temporarily or permanently for health-related or medical reasons are listed below. Donors with hobbies such as diving or parachuting should wait at least 48 hours after the blood donation before resuming their hobby • Strenuous physical exertion should be avoided until the day after the blood donation. Medical reasons preventing a blood donation on grounds of safety: You should not donate temporarily: • After all investigations and treatments at the dentist or dental hygienist (72 hours -1 week) • After feverish illnesses with a temperature above 38 °C (4 weeks after recovery) • After taking certain medicines: e. medicines against allergies (until you have stopped taking the medicines) • After operations • After tattooing procedures (4 months) • After jaundice (2 years) • During pregnancy and for 1 year after giving birth • If you are receiving iron treatment: after 1 treatment = 1 . mumps and rubella = 4 weeks • Gastrointestinal endoscopy (4 months) • Before elective surgery (decided by our doctor in charge of donors) • After a stay in areas with an increased infection risk Information given in connection with a blood donation is subject to medical secrecy. If you have any questions feel free to call us on 0800 80 30 60 (toll-free call) After the blood donation • Take some time to have a snack and wait at least 30 minutes before you start driving again • Bus and train drivers and those with similar responsibility for the lives of others should wait at least 12 hours after the blood donation before resuming work. tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) = 2 days. pilots should wait at least 48 hours. after 2 or more treatments = at the doctor’s discretion • While cold sores persist • After vaccinations: diphtheria. Call 0800 80 30 60 (toll-free call) for further details. except for a basal cell carcinoma (after complete recovery) and cervical carcinoma in situ • A stay in the UK (for a total of 6 months between 1980 and 1996) • Blood transfusion since 1980 Since this list is not exhaustive. if: • • • you fall sick in the course of the next few days or if a person in your family circle starts suffering from a contagious disease. 3. if you have any questions feel free to call us on 0800 80 30 60 (toll-free call).Donors may be from 18 to 75 years of age. Thank you for your cooperation. tablets for fungal infections (2 weeks) • If you are regularly taking painkillers. flu. Those who take part in endurance sports should not donate for at least 1 month before major competitions You should not donate permanently: • If you are taking certain medicines: cancer drugs (chemotherapy agents). tetanus. please ask for further details if necessary before giving blood. Please inform your Blood Transfusion Centre as soon as possible. you realize that you did not answer the medical questionnaire correctly. your blood donation is followed by complications. What you also need to observe: Before the blood donation In order to ensure that your blood donation proceeds as smoothly and as pleasantly as | info bsd-be. measles. It can only be used by the Blood Transfusion Service SRC and the Regional Blood Transfusion Service. Proven harm may be covered by civil liability insurance. Bring with you some personal photo identification and plan sufficient time for the donation. Blutspendedienst SRK Bern AG | Postfach 5512 | 3001 Bern | Gratisnummer 0800 80 30 60 | F +41 31 384 23 24 | www. antibiotics. 5. heart drugs (digitalis. Prepare for your blood donation by drinking as much fluid and eating something beforehand. 4.g.meinlebendeinblut.

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