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TRBC Blood Drive
January 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The TRBC is critically-low on all blood types and could use your donation. Below are some useful guidelines and FAQs from the Texoma Regional Blood Center.
The TRBC Mobile Blood Center will be located in the parking lot at 1117 Gallagher Drive in Sherman.
Blood Donor Guidelines
- Must be 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. Must be in good general health and meet all blood donor guidelines.
- Must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
- Hemoglobin: 12.5 g/dl or above.
- Pulse must exhibit no irregularities and be between 50 and 100 beats per minute. If the donor is an athlete with high exercise tolerance, a lower rate may be acceptable.
- Temperature must not exceed 99.5
- Medications: If taking prescription medications, please bring a list of your meds. OK to donate if taking aspirin, antihistamines, birth control pills, blood pressure meds, vitamins, and many other medications. Must not be taking Accutane, Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, Tegison, Soriatane, or Bovine (beef) insulin. Must have completed antibiotics three days before donating.
- OK to donate after allergy shots, infuenza vaccine, Hepatitis A or B vaccine, and Tetanus shots.
- Diabetes: OK if controlled by insulin, medication, or diet.
- Pregnancy: OK to donate 6 weeks after end of pregnancy.
- Eat a full meal within four hours of donation. Drink lots of water or juice before and after donating. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 12 hours before and after donation. Individuals with hazardous or strenuous jobs should donate at the end of their work shift.
- Skin Cancer: Localized basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma are acceptable if completely excised and healed.
- Carcinoma in situ of the cervix, vulva, or breast, or papillary thyroid carcinoma: acceptable after completion of therapy and released by doctor.
- Other cancers: Most acceptable if in remission for at least two years.
- Tamoxifen and other medications used for breast cancer preventative treatment are acceptable provided the donor meets all other criteria for cancer.
- Colds: Must be symptom free 72 hours.
- Dental: OK to donate 24 hours after fillings and cleanings. Oral surgery or extractions, must wait 72 hours after procedure.
- Tattoos: 4 weeks waiting period if tattoo is received from a licensed facility.
- Piercings (body or ear): 4 weeks waiting period if piercing received from a licensed facility; 12 month waiting period if self-pierced.
- Must wait 56 days between whole blood donations.
- Surgery: Must be released by doctor to resume normal activities and no blood products used.
- Malaria: must wait one year following travel to endemic areas. OK to donate three years after malaria is cured.
- AIDS/HIV infection
- History of heart attack, stroke, COPD
- Viral hepatitis after the age of eleven.
- Cancer: Lymphoma, Leukemia, Melanoma, Hodgkin’s Disease.