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Blood Drive Begins on Maui with Expanded Eligibility

New criteria to expand donor pool without compromising safety.

April 17, 2014
Maui Weekly

The Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) is opening the doors for more donors due to new eligibility criteria. With advancements in medical research and technology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined these new requirements to be safe for both donors and patients. These changes will help expand the population's donor pool and better meet the hospitals' needs.

The implementation of these new criteria will change eligibility for the portion of Hawaii's population that was once unable to donate blood or categorized as a deferral. With this new evolution in blood donor suitability, blood banks across the nation are redefining the answer to, "Who Can Donate?"

One of the biggest changes in donor eligibility is for those with previous health issues. New medical research has shown that cancer is not spread through blood transfusion. This means that cancer survivors, other than blood or bone marrow types (leukemia and lymphoma), who have completed treatment, and have been cancer-free for one year or more, are now eligible to donate blood.

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Maui Blood Drive Schedule

For eligibility and blood drive information, visit BBH.org or call (800) 372-9966. Persons currently deferred who think they may be eligible under the new criteria may call 848-4745 for more information regarding an eligibility review.

 
 

 

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