Mini Medical Exam Before Donation
Every individual who gives blood has to have a mandatory health screening to ensure they are healthy enough to donate. This exam is also a precaution to help avoid running into issues with the individual who will be receiving the donor's blood. Additionally, this exam is at no cost to the person donating. This exam can identify risk factors for certain diseases the individual was unaware of, and it can detect issues that can be indicative of a serious underlying medical condition.
During this exam, the donor's pulse, body temperature, blood pressure levels, and hemoglobin levels are checked. Furthermore, the individual's blood is screened for several serious diseases that include HIV, hepatitis B, West Nile virus, hepatitis C, syphilis, and Trypanosoma cruzi. Their weight will be checked to ensure they weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and have enough blood volume to donate.