Are you among the nearly four in ten individuals eligible to donate blood?

October 14, 2013

Approximately 38 percent of the population may be eligible to donate blood. Yet only a fraction of those eligible donate each year, perhaps due to misconceptions about donor eligibility.

How about you? You may be surprised.

Sometimes, individuals with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes suspect they cannot donate blood. Cancer survivors may also think they are ineligible because of their previous illness. That may not always be the case.

Click for detailed information about eligibility criteria, including chronic and acute illnesses, travel and lifestyle topics. You can also contact our Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.

The most common reason someone might not be able to donate on any given day is low hemoglobin. Earlier this year, we expanded our website to include a section about iron. The web section provides specific tips for all blood donors, frequent blood donors and those who have been deferred for low hemoglobin in the past.

We encourage anyone who is in good health to consider donating blood or platelets. The blood products on the shelves today are what help save lives in an emergency. Blood and platelets can come only from generous volunteer donors.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed to donate blood, adding that O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative blood types are currently in great demand. Make an appointment to donate blood today!

Platelet donations, available by appointment at our donation centers in Altoona, Pa.; Beaver, Pa.; Greensburg, Pa.; Johnstown, Pa.; and State College, Pa.; often support patients in their treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other illnesses. Phone 1-800-542-5663, ext. 2633, 2637 or 2657, to schedule a platelet donation appointment.