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Restrictions for Donating Blood as Stated by the American Red Cross It is said that 70% of Americans are eligible to give blood even though the criteria to donate seems quite strict. Each case is treated individually based on why the person is donating. An autologous donor is one who is giving blood to use for them self if needed during a future surgery. All others are anonymous donors who donate blood for others to use when it is needed. I will discuss the reasons why a person could not donate blood as an anonymous donor in this essay. Some things such as age and weight have minimum limits but not maximum limits. A person must be at least 17 years old in most states to donate their blood; this is because a person is generally considered an adult at the age of 17 and does not need parental consent to donate. The Minimum weight limit is 110lbs. The reason for this requirement is to protect the donor. A person under 110lbs may not tolerate having a pint of their blood removed because of how little they had to start with. A large number of people in our society are on prescription medications StudyMode.com is the web's leading learning tool. We inspire millions of students every day with over 1,100,000 model essays and papers, AP notes and book notes. Learn More

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but that does not always mean one cannot donate blood. If a person were on the following medications, they would never be allowed to donate their blood: Tegison, a human pituitary-derived growth hormone, Coumadin, or Heparin. Other medications such as Plavix, Accutane, Soriatane, and Avodart require that the donor wait to donate blood for 3 days to 3...
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