• Why cannot diabetic people donate blood?

    Diabetic who can't donate blood is that which we call insulin-dependent; that is, one that requires insulin to keep your sugar metabolism of normality. These patients have important changes of the cardiovascular system and, as a result of this, during or soon after donating blood, may show some reaction that further deteriorate his health.

  • Why cannot people under 110lb of weigh donate blood?

    The total volume of blood to be collected is directly related to the weight of the donor. For men, it shall not exceed the 9 mL/kg weight and, for women, 8 mL/kg weight. The anticoagulant present in the collection bag binds to blood preventing this gel. The volume of anticoagulant purse is standardized to a minimum of 400 ml of blood. So, a person weighing less than 50 kg couldn't donate the minimum volume.

  • Can under ages donate?

    According to Brazilian law that regulates the technical standards to be applied in all blood banks in the country, the under ages can donate blood from 16 years, always with the prior authorization of the parents or guardians and with the form "authorization for blood donation for under ages" filled.

  • Is the blood donation allowed during breastfeeding?

    No. Women who are breast-feeding cannot donate blood, unless the childbirth has occurred for over a year ago.

  • How long time does the body take to replace the donated blood?

    The plasma replacement happens in 24 hours and the red blood cells in 4 weeks. However, for the organism reaches the same level of iron which featured stock before the donation, are required from 40 to 60 days for men and from 50 to 90 days for women. These are the minimum intervals between the two donations of blood.

  • What is the recommended period to platelets donation?

    The minimum period between a blood donation and a platelet donation is 56 days; between platelets and blood, 72 hours. The maximum number of platelets donation per mouth is 4 and, per year, 24 simple donation or 12 double bag donations (for those who have appropriate count of platelets to this kind of donation).

  • What are the vaccines that hinder the donation? How long time after taking the vaccine does someone can donate blood?

    Vaccines made by living or mitigate bacteria or virus (e.g.: measles, oral polio, camp fever) need 3 to 4 weeks on interval for donation. Vaccines composed by dead virus or bacteria, toxoid or recombinant (e.g.: tetanus, salk polio, etc.) demand a minimum period of 48 hours to blood donation since the candidate does not show any reaction arising from the vaccination. Vaccination anti-rabic after animal explosion vaccination requires a minimum period of one year to the blood donation.

  • What is the current concept of ?group of risk??

    Actually, the term more correct is “behavior of risk”; the person’s behavior that would let him more exposed to the risk of acquiring a disease or infection.

  • Why is it given only one day off work because of the blood donation?

    It is what the CLT and the CLF establish.

  • Are the serological tests made individually?

    Yes, the serological tests are made individually. In other words, each sample separately.

  • Is the material used in the collection of the blood really safe?

    Yes, all the material used in the collection of the blood is individual, disposable, sterile and non-pyrogenic (it does not cause fever). There is no risk of the donor acquires an infectious disease by donation blood.

  • How can I contract hepatitis? What are the main symptoms?

    There are three main types of viral hepatitis: Type A, Type B, Type C.

    The type A is of contamination through contaminated water and food and by oral or fecal contact.

    The type B is parenteral or sexual contamination; i.e., needles and blood transfusion or contaminated equipment.

    The type C is predominantly parenteral contamination; however, other forms not that defined could be involved.

    The more frequent signals of hepatitis are: jaundice (eyes yellow discoloration), dark urine and light stool. These signals are more common in hepatitis A. In hepatitis B, they appear among 10 up 25% of cases and in hepatitis C, only about 5% of cases. Other symptoms of hepatitis are few specific and resemble a strong flu.

  • What is the most common type of hepatitis?

    Hepatitis A. In about 85% of the Brazilian population we find antibodies against the virus of Hepatitis A, what indicates the previous contact with this agent.

  • Why can only donate blood when you had hepatitis before 10 years of age?

    Because before 10 years old, the probability of the candidate that has had hepatitis A is almost 100%. This fact was confirmed through many epidemiologists researches. AS hepatitis A leaves no sequelae or viral particles remaining after the healing, there is no contraindication to donate blood after this type of hepatitis.

  • After the donation, how long time does the blood take to be processed?

    In Pró-Sangue, the donated blood is processed in maximum of 6 hours after the donation.

  • What is the procedure to make a blood auto donation?

    First of all, it shall have a requirement from the doctor that is carrying of the patient, allowing and requiring the autologous transfusion. After, the patient should be subjected to the same procedures used in regular donation. The doctor of the Pró-Sangue Foundation will evaluate the patient's clinical conditions, the real need of autotransfusion and frequency of donations.

  • Why cannot we accept donors from endemic area for Malaria?

    There is not a sensitive test for detection of malaria that can be applied routinely in blood banks yet. For this reason, we exclude temporarily people who were in the area of malaria in order to decrease the risk of transfusional Malaria.

  • How long time is the impediment to donation for people who resided or visited an endemic region for Malaria?

    If he resided in an area endemic for malaria or if he spent a short time, wait for 12 months.

  • Is there vaccine for Malaria?

    No, there is not a vaccine for Malaria. By name anti-malaria vaccine is confused with vaccine for malaria. However, this guarantees immunity against camp fever.

  • Can I have sex after a blood donation?

    There is no contraindication to have sexual activity after donating blood or platelets.

  • How is stored the blood? In refrigerator? What temperature?

    Red blood cells are stored in the refrigerator at a temperature between 35.6oF and 42.8oF. Platelets are stored room temperature between 68oF and 75.2oF. The plasma is stored frozen at a temperature of 64.4oF.

  • After how long time do the people who made piercing, tattoo or permanent makeup can donate?

    Tattoo and permanent makeup: after 1 year of procedure. Piercing: if done in place without conditions to evaluate the used for antisepsis, wait 12 months after completion; with disposable material and done in an appropriate place, wait 6 months after completion; If done in the genital or oral mucosa, unfit while with the piercing and fit after 12 months of recession.

  • When I was a child I had fainting spells, but now I am cured. Why can?t I donate blood?

    Candidates with a history of seizures in the past may donate blood 03 years after discontinuation of the treatment and without reports of crisis in that period.

  • Does Hypo-or Hyperthyroidism prevent the donation?

    No, if they are controlled with medication.

  • Does Hypoglycemia prevent the donation?

    No, as long as the candidate is asymptomatic on the day of donation.

  • Why is 450ml the limit of blood per bag?

    Because of the volume of anticoagulant present in the bag, that was standardized to anticoagulate in the maximum level the volume of blood.

  • How long time after the surgeries (small, medium and large size) can someone donate blood?

    Candidates underwent large size surgeries should be refused from 6 mouths to 1 year. To small and medium size surgeries, the refusal is 3 mouths. To surgeries with laser, wait 1 week after de procedure, if the area was not inflamed. To odontology surgeries, extraction or dental manipulation, the period is 7 days after the procedure; with general anesthesia, 1 mouth after the end of the treatment.

  • If someone has had rubella, when could him back to donate?

    The person can donate 2 weeks after the cure.

  • O doador de sangue tem direito à folga no trabalho?

    Sim, o doador tem direito a um (01) dia de folga no trabalho em cada 12 meses trabalhados, desde que a doação esteja devidamente comprovada, de acordo com os termos previstos no Decreto-Lei nº 5.452, de 1º de maio de 1943 (Consolidação das Leis do Trabalho). Esse direito também se estende ao funcionário público civil de autarquia ou militar, conforme preconizam a Lei Federal nº 1.075, de 27 de março de 1950, bem como a Lei EStadual nº 3.365, de 6 de junho de 1956. Mas apesar da legislação vigente, cumpre ressaltar que a doação de sangue é um gesto voluntário e altruísta e, portanto, não deve ser encarada como um benefício próprio.