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Blood Safety

   

When you give blood at the Adventist Lab Partners (ALPS) Blood Center, your blood is screened for various diseases to ensure the safety of our blood supply. These screening tests include:

  • Syphilis 
  • AIDS/HIV 1/2
  • Hepatitis B and C 
  • Virus associated with adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma 
  • CMV - a virus that can be associated with other forms of hepatitis and infection

Potential blood donors are examined for normal levels of hemoglobin, blood pressure, and body temperature to ensure the donor’s health at the time of donation.

The ALPS Blood Center requests medical information from each donor to ensure a safe blood supply. Based on answers to various questions, blood screening, and the physical examination, blood donors will be deferred for the following reasons:

  • Positive HIV test; signs or symptoms of AIDS 
  • Hepatitis, Malaria, Chagas Disease, Babesiosis 
  • Sexually transmitted disease or other infectious disease 
  • Receiving clotting factors or growth hormone of human origin 
  • Possibility of SARS 
  • High-risk behaviors such as use of IV drugs 
  • Traveling to high-risk countries

If after donating blood, the donor realizes that he/she should not have donated because of risk factors, behaviors, or diseases, we request that the donor call the center and inform us that their blood should not be used.

It is our goal to supply 100 percent of all the Adventist Midwest Region’s blood and blood products. You can help by becoming a donor. Please call 630-856-7804.

 

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