QUESTION: Have you ever donated blood, platelets, or plasma?
Date of last donation?
EXPLANATION: Interval between donations of whole blood (450 ml plus or minus
45 ml) must be eight weeks except in unusual circumstances and with
the written permission of a physician. The interval after hemapheresis
before whole blood donation must be at least 48 hours.
QUESTION: Have you ever been deferred as a blood donor? Why?
EXPLANATION: Information regarding prior deferrals should be considered when
QUESTION: (Women) Are you pregnant?
Have you been pregnant during the last six weeks?
EXPLANATION: Defer during pregnancy and for six weeks thereafter. Exception
may be made if possible autologous or exchange transfusion is
anticipated. Donors who have had uncomplicated abortions need not
be deferred if they meet other donor criteria.
QUESTION: Do you feel well now?
EXPLANATION: Acute respiratory infection is cause for deferment until all symptoms
subside. Pain, cough, sore throat, headache, nausea, dizziness,
menstrual cramps, sinusitis, or extreme nervousness may be cause
for deferment, depending on severity and medical evaluation.