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Keeping Our Blood Supply Safe

Thinking of Giving Blood?

For more info or to make an appointment, call 508-86BLOOD or 508-862-5663.

At Cape Cod Healthcare, we take careful steps to ensure the blood donation process is safe for our donors and for the patients who receive blood donations.

Screening Blood Donors

To determine if you’re eligible to give blood, we’ll:

  • Conduct an interview with you about your health, medicines and travel
  • Ask questions to see if you’re at risk for hepatitis, HIV or AIDS
  • Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse
  • Draw a small blood sample to make sure you’re not anemic

If You Can Donate

We’ll cleanse your arm with an antiseptic and use a new sterile, disposable need to collect your blood.

Those Who Can’t Donate

Please do not try to donate blood to get tested for HIV, hepatitis or other infections. If you need this testing, we can help.

Do NOT donate blood if you:

  • Have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test
  • Have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids or anything not prescribed by your physician
  • Are a male who has had sexual contact with another male (even once) since 1977
  • Have ever taken money, drugs or payments for sex since 1977
  • Have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
  • Have had syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months
  • In the last 12 months have been in juvenile detention, lockup, jail or prison for more than 72 hours
  • Have any of the following conditions that can be signs or symptoms of HIV/AIDS:
    • Unexplained weight loss or night sweats
    • Blue or purple spots in your mouth or skin
    • Swollen lymph nodes for more than one month
    • White spots or unusual sores in your mouth
    • Cough that won’t go away or shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea that won’t go away
    • Fever of more than 100.5 degrees for more than 10 days

You can give HIV to someone else through blood donations even if you feel well and have a negative HIV test. This is because tests cannot detect HIV infections for a period of time after exposure.

You may also be ineligible to give blood if you are from or have lived in or visited certain countries. This is because blood donor tests may not be available for contagious diseases found only in these countries.

Restricted Medications

Please tell us if you are now taking or have ever taken the following medications:

  • Proscar (finasteride) – Usually given for prostate gland enlargement
  • Avodart, Jalyn (dutasteride) – Usually given for prostate enlargement
  • Propecia (finasteride) – Usually given for baldness
  • Accuate (Amnesteem, Clarvais, Sotret, isotretinoin) – Usually given for severe acne
  • Soriatane (acitretin) – Usually given for severe psoriasis
  • Tegison (etretinate) – Usually given for severe psoriasis
  • Growth hormone from human pituitary glands – Used usually for children with delayed or impaired growth
  • Insulin from cows (bovine or beef insulin) – Used to treat diabetes
  • Coumadin (warfarin) – given to prevent clot formation
  • Hepatitis B immune globulin – Given following an exposure to hepatitis B (This is different from hepatitis B vaccine, which is a series of three injections given over a six-month period to prevent future infection form exposures of hepatitis B)
  • Experimental medication or unlicensed vaccine – Usually associated with a research protocol)


 

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