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Blood Donations in Puerto Vallarta

It’s time to talk about donating blood again. We try to go over this subject occasionally to update those unfamiliar with procedures of donating blood in Puerto Vallarta. All types are needed, though Type O is the most common. Platelets are also in demand, so it doesn’t matter what your type is, ever. Give blood and be energized! If you have a rare type, you’re likely to get an extra cookie!

Requirements for the Puerto Vallarta Blood Bank are easier than it once was when there were certain restrictions, which were lifted less than two years ago.

Presence of tattoos and piercings used to cause automatic rejection but that’s changed; not having been inked or poked for one year, with the results of zero resulting infections is a requirement. Inoculations of any kind, antibiotics, and a list of medications that you’ll be asked about, with a waiting time of one month. Surgery in the past six months, for obvious reasons. Certain medications, such as anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory meds will restrict donations but you can, in fact, stop taking them for 48 hours prior to donating.

Puerto Vallarta once restricted donors of a certain age, which made little sense for seniors in good health, but this also has been relaxed and requires the giver to comply with a limited oral and physical exam for decisive factors. The same goes for women menstruating at the time of donation. There is however, still an age limit for those under 18 years of age, even in excellent health.

You can’t drink alcohol within 48 hours; you will need to fast for at least 4 hours but not more than eight. You must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilos). You cannot be ill.

Some in Puerto Vallarta have felt there’s been a foggy area regarding sex partners. It’s simple: not more than five in the past five years and optimum for those who have a consistent partner.

Information cards are issued to donors in Puerto Vallarta; testing is extensive. HIV, Hep C, all sexually transmitted diseases, and other blood ailments, Rh factor, blood type, and cross-compatibility are all listed. This is a great benefit and you should carry this card on you at all times.

You can designate a specific person for whom you are giving; you must give the blood bank this information to assure the blood is delivered promptly and properly. Or you can give as altruistic; this means you are giving to whomever needs it; you may also bank a supply of your own. The Blood Bank in Puerto Vallarta is located at San Javier Hospital and open from 8 am – 3 pm, Monday through Saturday.

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