Blood Donation

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Give the gift of life.  Donate blood at Hunterdon Medical Center.

The Blood Bank of Hunterdon Medical Center is regulated and inspected by the New Jersey Board of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This indicates adherence to strict industry standards for medical, technical and administrative procedures and professional  proficiency.

Blood Donation Hours

Monday thru Thursday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

The process of donating is simple. Your visit to donate should take one hour or less, and your body quickly replaces the blood  you donate.

Can I donate blood?
To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be at least 17 years of age, be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not donated in the past eight weeks and is not currently taking antibiotics or insulin (only if of a “bovine” nature).

Note: Our 17 year old donors must weigh at least 130 pounds.

What happens when I donate?
You will be asked about your medical history and current health. Your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and blood iron level will be checked.

Does it hurt?
You will feel a slight pinch. After you donate, you can resume your usual routine.

How much blood can I give?
You can only give a pint. This isn’t very much when you consider you have 8 to 11 pints in your body.

Can I get infections or diseases from donating blood?
Absolutely not. All the equipment and materials used during the donating process are sterile and used only once. You cannot get AIDS or any other diseases from donating blood.

Where do I go to donate?
At the Blood Bank at the Hunterdon Medical Center. For more information about how you can donate blood, please call Hunterdon Medical Center’s Blood Donor Service at (908)-788-6405.

I take medication for high blood pressure; can I become a donor?
Yes. Deferral for most drugs is based on the nature of the underlying condition. Acceptable medications – which do not have an impact on donating blood – include anti-hypertensives (taken to control high blood pressure); oral contraceptives; hormone replacement therapy (HRT); aspirin, vitamins, etc.

There is a 48 Hour deferral after completing a course of antibiotics.

Check with our Blood Bank staff about your medications.

What could prevent me from donating?

Allergies, cold or flu: Defer until symptom free.

Body Piercing and Tattoos: Defer for one year.

Note exception: No deferral for the following for New Jersey establishments ONLY:

Ear or body piercing or acupuncture performed by aseptic technique in a medically supervised setting with disposable needles and no sign of infection is acceptable with a letter from the establishment where the procedure was performed.

If you have received blood or blood products: Wait for one year.

Pregnancy: Wait for six weeks following delivery or termination.

Surgery: Wait until discharged by physician/surgeon; ask for permission. Donor must feel well and be able to resume full activity.

Skin Cancer: (squamous or basal cell carcinoma): Acceptable if surgically removed and healed.

Travel to Malarial Area: (with or without medications): Wait for one year

Lived in a Malarial Area: Wait for three years.

Immunization for Smallpox: Wait until scab separates spontaneously or for 14 days after the vaccination, whichever is the later date. If you experience complications, wait for 14 days after they are resolved.

Immunization for Flu: No Deferal Time

Immunization for Pneumonia: Wait for two weeks.

Immunization for Hepatitis B: Wait 24 hours no deferral if symptom free and afebrile.

Accutane or Propecia: Wait for one month.

Cancer (other than localized skin cancer): Defer pending approval of Medical Director if you have been cancer-free for 1 year.

Leukemia: You cannot donate blood.

Heart Disease: Defer pending approval of physician.

Tooth Extraction or Root Canal: Wait 72 hours after procedure or until completely healed.

Immunization for Lyme Disease: Wait just one day.

Give the Gift of Life: Become a blood donor today.

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