Cases of Exclusion
We make donor and recipient safety equal priorities. This means that even though donations of whole blood, plasma, platelets or packed red cells are always necessary, some people can be temporarily excluded from the donation process for various reasons.
The following list of reasons for temporary exclusion is not exhaustive.
People who are temporarily excluded from donating blood are invited to return after the prescribed waiting period, depending on their condition.
In order to protect both the donor and the patient-recipient in equal measure, some people are excluded from making donations on a permanent basis.
The following situations constitute justification for permanent exclusion from making donations. (This list is not exclusive.)
Potential donors are excluded on a permanent basis for the following reasons :
Qualification at the time of collection
The evaluation of a potential donor’s eligibility to give blood, part of Héma-Québec’s responsibility to ensure the safety of its products, is based on a health questionnaire, checking the donor’s vital signs and verifying the hemoglobin level of all individuals who arrive at a blood drive or a GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre.
For this reason, everyone who wishes to make a blood donation must complete a Record of Donation (PDF) about their state of health so we can ensure that they meet Héma-Québec’s qualification criteria.
Anyone who does not meet these criteria cannot give blood.
The employee also examines the donor’s arms to ensure that there are no signs of intravenous drug use.
Anyone whose vital signs do not fall within an acceptable range cannot give blood.
To check your hemoglobin level, an Héma-Québec employee will take a drop of blood by pricking the end of your finger.
If your hemoglobin level is too low, the employee will inform you.
A hemoglobin level that is too low means that giving blood could cause you discomfort since your body could take more time to regenerate the 450 ml of blood you would donate. This situation could, however, only be temporary, and you could be able to give blood again in 56 days. It is important to note that even if your hemoglobin level is low on the day of the clinic, you can still be in excellent health.