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Donating blood during these hard times

Donating blood during these hard times

Blood donation is a voluntary, altruistic and responsible act. That is the best starting point for optimal transfusion safety. The only interest of the donor is his social commitment, he does it without pressure because he has understood that donating blood is a socially healthy habit with which he can help those who need it most and contribute to the support of the health system.

The process is simple and only takes 20 minutes of time. The interested person goes to the donation point (preferably by appointment), is provided with information about the donation, fills out a personal questionnaire and signs the informed consent. Then she goes to the medical interview and if she is suitable for donation, she enters the room where 450 cc of blood will be drawn. Finally, you will rest for a few minutes during which you will drink liquids and some food to promote your recovery.

The donated blood will be conveniently analyzed in the laboratory, where it will be divided into three components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. That is why we always say that three people benefit from each blood donation: “with each donation three lives are saved”.

The distribution of donated blood, according to data from FENADOSE, is approximately 34% for oncological diseases (cancer and/or blood diseases); 25% for various surgical interventions (accidents, heart, kidney, orthopedics, burns, etc.), 21% for consumption in chronic conditions, transplants and others, 15% for anemia and 5% in obstetrics for complicated deliveries.

We must remember that donations of blood and blood products are essential to guarantee hospital transfusions and, since the duration of these components is limited – especially platelets, which barely last 7 days, and packed red blood cells or red blood cells, which last for 42 days – It is vitally important to make frequent blood donations throughout the year.

The blood donors’ profile in the Canary Islands

Donors in the Canary Islands offer to donate blood in response to personal motivations, such as human solidarity or helping save lives. They are also aware that blood is not manufactured: this is a good reason to collaborate, feeling useful and considering it a social duty. The personal satisfaction of helping others and the fact that “it could be me or a family member who needs blood” represent the main reasons for donating.

One of the main challenges faced by Transfusion Centers is to get the donor to commit to a regular donation, every 3 or 4 months. Occasional or sporadic donation is very common, but we need to increase the number of regular donors who commit to donating blood 4 times a year in the case of men and 3 times in the case of women.

Donation requirements 

The searching profiles are those healthy people who are between 18 and 65 years old, who weigh at least 50 kilos, are in good general health and they are not being in a pregnancy process in case of women.

Men can donate 4 times a year and women 3 times a year, with a minimum period of 60 days between donations.

People vaccinated against COVID-19, with both one and two doses and the booster dose, can donate blood 48 hours after inoculation.

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The ICHH has enabled a self-assessment test on its website that, although it does not replace the medical interview in the extraction room, it can serve as a guide for people who want to check if they can be blood donors:

To donate blood you can go directly or by requesting an appointment to 012 or 922 470 012 (option 8), from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or by filling in the form published on the front page of the effect donation website. com. Before going to donate, it is advisable to review the information published on this same web page in the Information and Protocol tabs, to familiarize yourself with the established security measures and answer the self-assessment test.

More info:

In the Canary Islands there is a free donor information telephone number 900 234 061 and you can follow the social networks of the Canarian Institute of Hemodonation and Hemotherapy (Instituto Canario de Hemodonación y Hemoterapia) such as @ichhcanarias on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedln and Flickr.

All the information on where the temporary donation points and the fixed points of the Canarian Transfusion Network are located on all the islands can be found on the website