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Donor Safety

Donating blood in Canada is completely safe. You cannot get a transmissible disease by donating blood in Canada. At Canadian Blood Services, trained personnel use only new, sterile needles for each donation.

Throughout the donation process, several measures are in place to make giving blood a safe and pleasant experience. These fall into three main categories:

  1. Assessment of Donor Eligibility
  2. Sterility of Venepuncture
  3. Post-Donation Care

Would you like to become a donor?

1. Assessment of Donor Eligibility

  • You must wait at least 56 days between whole blood donations
  • You can donate between your 17th and 71st birthday, if you are a regular donor
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 Kg)
  • Your hemoglobin, or blood iron level, is measured to ensure it is high enough (a new, sterile lancet is used to prick your finger for the test, then safely disposed each time)
  • Your temperature and blood pressure are measured to ensure they are at acceptable levels
  • You are asked a series of questions about your health to ensure that it is safe for you to donate

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2. Sterility of Venepuncture

  • Canadian Blood Services personnel wear latex gloves
  • Your arm is swabbed with a disinfecting agent for one full minute
  • A new, sterile needle is used, then safely disposed of, for each donation
  • Sterile gauze is applied once the needle is removed

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3. Post-Donation Care

  • A nurse asks if you are feeling well today
  • Following your donation you are accompanied by an attendant to a comfortable chair following your donation
  • You are monitored for five minutes following your donation
  • Our Personnel are trained to react to possible adverse reactions
  • You are provided with food and a beverage to boost your blood sugar level.

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