The Blood Donation Process and Who Can Donate Blood

Blood Drive 2015edit04To donate blood, a New York Blood Center (NYBC) specialist performs a strictly confidential medical history screening to clear prospective donors to have their blood drawn. The entire procedure will be simple and only take a short amount of time. By appointment or walk-in, all donors must be over 18 years old and meet the medical criteria. Once cleared, the donor’s blood will be drawn. A mobile blood collection bus will be parked outside the Brooklyn Sports Club located at 1540 Van Siclen Avenue.

The NYBC’s website has a complete list of eligibility criteria, here are some requirements donors should take note of.

Blood Donate Requirements:

  • You must be between 18-76 years old (Donors over 76 must bring a medical permission form).
  • Be least 110 pounds, and be in good health. If you have a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu, you cannot donate until three days after the symptoms are over.
  • Blood donation can only be made 12 months after any tattoos or ears, nose and skin piercings. l Mothers can donate six weeks after the end of their pregnancy.
  • Must wait at least one year after your return to donate.
  • You cannot donate while taking antibiotics (only after your treatment is complete) or medications that have antiplatelet agents, such as Plavix, Ticlid (after you ended the prescription you can donate after 14 days), Effient and Brillinta (eligible 7 days after taking).