Blood Donor Center
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Blood Donor Center

At AAMC's Blood Donor Center, located in Suite 450 of the Wayson Pavilion, blood is collected, tested and processed by professional lab technicians. This supply of blood is stored for use by AAMC patients. Having a sufficient supply of blood at the hospital limits the need to purchase blood from outside sources.

Autologous donations, where patients store a supply of their own blood in preparation for an upcoming surgical procedure are also done at the Blood Donor Center.

If you want to donate blood, you must be:

Hours

Mon:   8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Tues:  8:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Weds: 8:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Thurs: 7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Fri:     7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

AAMC Blood Mobile Program

Each year 3,000 patients at AAMC -- your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors and, maybe even you -- receive life-saving blood transfusions. That's nearly 7,300 units of blood needed each year in our community. Because there is no substitute for human blood, these patients are counting on caring people like you to donate this precious resource.

AAMC's Blood Donor Center was established more than 30 years ago to serve the residents of this community. The units donated at AAMC's Blood Donor Center stay in the community to help the people right here. We are here to make sure everyone receives the "gift of life" when they need it. In addition to the satisfaction of having made a vital contribution, you will receive a free mini-physical when you donate blood.
This includes blood pressure, temperature, and blood iron level (for anemia). We can also provide you with a free cholesterol screening. So you are receiving, as well as giving.

We look forward to expanding our new mobile blood program. Our success is measured by our ability to meet the individual blood needs of every patient in our community. You can help AAMC support this cause by sponsoring a blood drive in your company, church, school, or organization.

It is only through the generosity of donors that adequate supplies of blood products will be assured.

To host a mobile blood drive, please call Lori Y. Dykstra at the AAMC Blood Donor Center at
443-481-4272
or our toll free number
1-866-471-HERO

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Basic Requirements for Blood Donation

Donation Frequency

Whole blood donors every 56 days
Platelets every 28 days

Immunizations

Polio, mumps, rubeola (a type of measles), smallpox - 2 weeks after immunization
Rubella (a type of measles) - 4 weeks after immunization
Tetanus, diphtheria, flu, Hepatitis B - can donate next day if no reaction present

Other possible Restrictions
Body/ear piercing - 1-year deferral unless piercing was performed with a sterile, single use, disposable, skin piercing needle, a piercing gun or a physician or nurse using a disposable needle and septic technique.
Dental work - cleaning, fillings, extractions, root canal, OK if no infection
Hepatitis exposure - 1 year
Tattoo - 1 year

Travel Restrictions

Malaria Area - can donate after 1 year if in a malaria area.
England - cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 3 months or more in the U.K. from 1980-1996 (England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands)
Europe - cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 5 yr. or more in European countries since 1980 (including time in the U.K. during 1980-1996) Military - cannot donate if spent 6 months or more in military bases in northern Europe 1980-1990 or Southern Europe 1980-1996
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Medications

Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) - may be taken before any blood donation
Acutane - can donate 4 weeks after last dose
Allergy medication - can donate
Antibiotics - 7 days after infection: some are okay for acne
Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and Naprosyn - ok
Aspirin - ok for whole blood, no aspirin within 36 hours for platelets
Birth control pills - ok to donate
Depression medication - can donate
Diabetic medication
Oral or insulin is okay if condition is stable
Injected bovine (beef) insulin since 1980- cannot donate
Diet pills - can donate
Female hormone pills - can donate
Propecia - can donate 4 weeks after last dose
Proscar - can donate 4 weeks after last dose
Soriatane (Acitretin) - can donate 3 years after last dose
Tegison - cannot donate if ever taken
Thyroid medication - can donate if stabilized

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Medical Conditions

Allergies - can donate if no infection present
Asthma - can donate if no symptoms
Blood disorders or bleeding tendencies - cannot donate
Brain or spinal surgery that required a transplant of brain covering (dura mater) - cannot donate
CJD: donor or donor's blood relative diagnosed with Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (CJD) or an increased family risk of CJD - cannot donate

Cancer

Basal cell, squamous cell skin cancers and keratosis - until removed and healed
Melanoma - cannot donate
Colds, fever, flu, sore throat, cough, respiratory infection, headache - cannot donate
Cold sore, fever blister, canker sore - can donate
Diabetes - can donate if stable
Heart Attack - if greater than one year and no symptoms - on no medication for the heart (Aspirin is okay)
Heart Surgery - Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or angioplasty - 1 year after surgery, no symptoms and on no medication for the heart (Aspirin is okay)
Hemochromatosis - can donate
Hepatitis
Hepatitis or undiagnosed jaundice after age 10 - cannot donate
Positive hepatitis test - cannot donate
Herpes (genital) - can donate after lesions clear
Major/minor surgery - can donate after healed and released from physician care.
Pregnancy - 6 weeks after delivery
Stroke - 6 months after if no physical restrictions or medications
Venereal disease
Genital herpes - until all lesions are clear
Chlamydia, genital warts - can donate
Gonorrhea, syphilis and other venereal diseases - 1 year
Individuals at risk for AIDS must not donate blood.
Do not donate blood if you have ever tested positive for HIV or if:
You have ever injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician You are a man and have had sex with another man since 1977, even once
You have hemophilia or blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrates
You have had sex for drugs or money since 1977

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Iron-Rich Foods for Blood Donors

 

FOOD

SERVING

AVG. IRON (mg)

GRAINS

Bread - White or Whole Wheat
Muffin - Bran
English
Tortillas
Cereal - Cooked
Dry
Wheat Germ

1 Slice
1
1
1
½ cup
¾ cup
½ cup

0.5
1.5
1.5-1.9
1
0.7
read label
4

MEAT

Liver
Liver Sausage
Shellfish
Red Meats
Fish & Poultry

3 oz
3 oz
3 oz
3 oz
3 oz

7
8-9
4-6
4-5
4

MEAT
SUBSTITUTES

Tofu
Seeds - Sunflower
Pumpkin
Cooked dry peas
Lentils
Lima Beans
Beans
Egg
Nuts
Peanut Butter

4 oz
1 oz
1 oz
½ cup
½ cup
½ cup
½ cup
1
1/3 cup
1 tbsp.

2-3
2.3
2
2-3
2-3
2-3
2-3
1
0.5-2.0
0.3


FRUIT

Watermelon
Strawberries
Banana

6" x ½" slice
1 cup
1 cup

3
2
0.8

DRIED FRUIT

Raisins, Dates,
Prunes, Figs, Apricots

½ cup

3-4

JUICES (Canned)

Prune juice
Tomato juice
Apple juice

¾ cup
¾ cup
¾ cup

7.4
1.6
1.1

VEGETABLES

Dark Leafy Greens
(spinach, collards, kale)
Cooked
Raw
Jicama



½ cup
1 cup
1/3 cup



3
2
0.8

MISCELLANEOUS

Molasses
Brewer's Yeast, dry

1 tbsp.
1 tbsp.

3.2
1.4

FAST FOODS

Pizza (cheese or pepperoni)
Hamburger
Cheeseburger
Burrito - Beef
Bean
Taco (beef)

½ of 10" pizza
1
1
1
1
1

4.5-5.4
2.5
2.5
4.6
2.8
2.9

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The Blood Donation Process


Deciding to give blood is quite possibly more difficult than the action itself. Anxiety about a new experience and fear of the unknown causes many people to think twice about giving blood.
Be assured: Giving blood is safe and it saves lives. Since the needle is sterile and used only once, it is impossible to contract any disease by donating blood.
To donate you must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. A good meal is recommended prior to your donation. The donation process involves four steps and takes about an hour.

In the 24 hours after your donation, your blood donation will be tested, typed, and separated into various components to be safely transfused to up to three patients.

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Did You Know?
Anne Arundel Medical Center Needs Your Blood

One Donation Can Save Up to Three Lives
Donated blood is separated into components that can be used for several patients.

Donating Blood: it's Simple, Safe and it Saves Lives
It is safe to give blood.

You may donate blood every 56 days. Every 28 days for platelets

There is no substitute for human blood.

Blood is used for all kinds of people:

Leading users of blood and components are patients with:

All donated blood is tested
After each donation is made, the laboratory tests the blood for a variety of agents. These include: