Requirements for Donating Blood: Advantages, Where to Do It and MORE

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Did you know that donating blood, in addition to benefiting your health, brings satisfaction? Yes, knowing that you are providing help to a person who needs it urgently.

Blood collection is done manually or with automatic equipment. The components of this blood that is used for transfusions, has a short life and for this reason it is necessary to have a permanent existence of it.

What are the requirements to donate blood in Venezuela?

Next we will mention the Requirements to donate blood:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old, and the age limit to donate is 60 years old. There are exceptions for people in their 70s, if they are frequent donors and if they are authorized by their doctors.
  2. You must weigh at least 50 kilograms. The amount you must donate is 500 milliliters.
  3. You cannot have had, and not have at the time of donation, any disease that can be transmitted through the blood, such as Hepatitis or AIDS.
  4. If you are tattooed, you must wait at least a year to donate.
  5. The last week before donating, you must have been in good health. If you are in any medical treatment, you cannot donate either.
  6. Eat well before the blood draw to avoid serious decompensation. You should have a normal food and liquid intake before donating, but avoid high-fat foods.
  7. Do not practice behaviors that facilitate the transmission of sexually-based diseases.
  8. You must not have donated blood in the last eight weeks. It is advisable to do it every two months.

Advantages of donating blood

Now you will be able to know some of the advantages of donating blood:

  • Keeps the body’s iron levels in balance. Without the presence of this element, the production of Hemoglobin in the human body is not possible. This is a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body.
  • Your blood circulation will experience a great improvement. Today people are exposed to many dangers, including radiofrequency, consumption of substances harmful to health such as alcohol, nicotine and cigarette tar, excesses with sugar, salt among others, this makes the blood run denser, hindering the free circulation throughout the body and by donating a considerable amount of it we help improve our blood flow.
  • You get information about the progress of your health. Before donating blood, you have to take a series of tests to see if you do not have any disease that can be transmitted through the blood. If something abnormal appears in the results you obtain from these tests, the doctors will inform you so that you can take the appropriate measures.
  • Your life, because of the donation, can experience a remarkable lengthening. Science counts up to 4 more years of life for people who frequently donate blood. Of course, this is directly related to the lifestyle, the way of eating, if people have vices, therefore, this will depend on your behavior after the donation.

Where to donate blood in Venezuela?

We will give you some options so that after gathering the requirements to donate blood you can go and do it:

  • You can go to the Integral Clinic, it is located on Av. Casanova, in Chacaíto.
  • Another option you have is the Caracas Municipal Blood Bank, located on the corner of Pioneros, Parroquia San José, behind the José María Vargas Hospital.
  • Another, Ávila Clinic, you will find it on Av. Don Bosco with 6ta. transversal, Urb. Altamira, in front of the Don Bosco Church.
  • You can also go to the Metropolitan Polyclinic on A-1 street in Urb. Caurimare. You must go to basement 2 next to the laboratory, between 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
  • The Vidamed Surgical Medical Center in Sabana Grande, Av. Francisco Solano.
  • Hospital Clínicas Caracas, in Av. Panteón with Av. Alameda, in Urb. San Bernardino.

Who cannot donate blood?

  • Any person who has suffered from Hepatitis after reaching the age of 10.
  • If you do sex work.
  • If you habitually use drugs or narcotics or are under the influence of them.
  • In case of being sick with AIDS.
  • If you have the Hepatitis B or C virus.
  • If you have been with sex workers in the last year.
  • In case of having had sexual relations with more than two people in the last year.
  • If you have had sex with people with AIDS.
  • You have had sex with people addicted to drugs.
  • Men who have sexual encounters with people of the same sex.
  • If you got a tattoo this year, you can’t donate either.
  • If you have undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.

Frequent questions

In this section we will clarify some of your doubts and answer the most frequently asked questions.

Who can donate blood?

All people between 18 and 60 years old with a weight of at least 50 kg, who do not have diseases transmitted through blood.

How often is it possible to donate blood?

Every three months.

Is it possible to donate blood with tattoos or piercing?

Yes, but if you have at least six months of having done it.

Is it possible to donate blood if you are taking any medication?

In many cases, yes, but it all depends on the medication, in this case you should consult with your doctor.

How can you ensure that you are a safe candidate to donate blood?

At the La Trinidad Medical Center, the candidate who arrives at the Blood Bank undergoes a self-selection and a questionnaire that he reads and answers and that says whether or not he advances. If it is not approved, the reason why you cannot donate is kept private and the person leaves anonymously.

If he advances, he is interviewed by the hemotherapist nurse, who reviews his medical history and performs a series of physical and laboratory tests. Once this step has been passed, the donation proceeds.


To donate blood, do I have to go to the doctor’s appointment without eating?

No. You should have a light, low-fat breakfast or lunch. It is important that you have at least 72 hours without consuming alcohol.

Can you get infected by donating blood?

It is not possible since the instruments to be used have total asepsis and are exclusive for each donor and are discarded when used.

What reasons other than infectious diseases prevent donation?

Whoever suffers from cardiovascular diseases and has suffered a heart attack or who is taking continuous medication for arrhythmia is not a good candidate.

Neither are patients with bariatric surgery or gastric bypass, diabetics or people with kidney failure. This does not mean that these people affect those who receive it with their blood, but that they themselves are going to affect the extraction.

Are there exceptions?

The rules have exceptions. Not all patients with chronic diseases are excluded. A patient who is hypertensive and has all controlled values ​​while on medication and does not have comorbidity (other associated diseases), can donate blood.

If you’re a 60-year-old with a prized blood type and in good health, you might as well be an exception.

How many people could you benefit with your donation?

Advances in Medical Technology have managed to optimize the use of blood donation as a clinical process that responds to more than one therapeutic need.

The blood you donate is divided into its different components by Medical Technology, and today it is possible to obtain four blood products from a single donor: fresh frozen plasma, globular concentrates, platelet-rich plasma and cryoprecipitates.

In this way, it can act on four different treatments that can benefit four different people.

Could you feel bad during or after the blood draw?

Some patients become dizzy and weak, so snacks are given and time is given to rest to aid recovery.

What is the donation rate in Venezuela?

In Venezuela we have very few volunteer donors, we are second in that line.

What is it?

It is a medical procedure by which a person has blood drawn and then injected into another, or also to make medicines.

For more information about this procedure you can click here.

Meet the requirements to donate blood and be successful in your procedure.

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