Blood Bank


We comply with the Secretariat of Health’s Official Standards and with international standards.

In our Blood Bank, important reserves of blood components such as: erythrocyte concentrates, plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitates, etc., are kept under strict quality controls that comply with the Secretariat of Health’s Official Standards and with international standards.

A blood bank is not only a special warehouse where reserves of different blood products are kept, but various processes and studies are carried out in it to guarantee that the blood that is transfused to patients meets the quality standards that They require current national and international standards, as well as to ensure that the blood of the patient and the donor are compatible.

Procedure for donating blood

  • Present official ID with photograph.
  • Personally answer the medical history questionnaire (duration 10 minutes).
  • Sign the Medical Record, Privacy Notice and Letter of Informed Consent for the extraction of blood or blood components.
  • Your data will be entered into the Blood Bank’s electronic system.
  • You will be interviewed by a doctor and will perform a brief physical examination (15 minutes).
  • If the medical evaluation is accepted, some blood samples will be taken to verify that the candidate is in adequate condition to donate blood or blood components. (15 minutes).
  • If the pre-donation studies are approved, blood will be drawn, the approximate time is:
    • Whole blood donation: 15 minutes.
    • Platelet donation: 90 minutes.
    • Snack (10 minutes).

Note: times may vary depending on the influx of donors to the Blood Bank. These are the minimum requirements, during the medical evaluation a more detailed questioning will be carried out in a confidential manner.

Requirements to donate blood

  • Be between 18 and 65 years old.
  • Minimum weight 50 Kg.
  • A short fast of 2 hours to donate blood and 4 hours to donate platelets.
  • Not be sick the day you donate.
  • Not having suffered from Hepatitis type B, type C, HIV-AIDS, Syphilis, etc.
  • Not having multiple sexual partners.
  • Not having received an organ transplant.
  • Not suffer from epilepsy, tuberculosis, severe heart disease or cancer.
  • Do not use intravenous or inhaled drugs.
  • Not have been admitted to penal or mental institutions.
  • Women, not be pregnant or nursing.
  • In the last 12 months, not having had tattoos, piercings, acupuncture, transfusions, catheterizations, endoscopies, or sexual contact with strangers.
  • In the last 6 months, not having had surgery, major accident, mononucleosis, toxoplasmosis, or meningitis.
  • In the case of women, not having birth, c-section, or abortion.
  • In the last 28 days, not having traveled to areas with epidemiological outbreaks or have received any of the following vaccines: tuberculosis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, yellow fever, cholera, or influenza. • Donors who have received tetanus or diphtheria toxoid are accepted.
  • In the last 12 hours, not having ingested alcoholic beverages, narcotics, marijuana, or any narcotic.
  • If you have piercings or expansions in any part of the body, you can donate blood or platelets as long as more than 12 months have elapsed since the last piercing, regardless of their location (without any manifestation of local infection at the puncture site), and that at least 72 hours have elapsed since the removal of the decorative pieces in case the piercing is placed in the mucous membranes (nose, oral cavity, or genital mucosa).
  • Not having had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months

Requirements for platelet donors

  1. Not having had previous pregnancies (childbirth, abortion, c-section).
  2. Not having received transfusions of any type of blood component.
  3. Not having taken medications for pain or inflammation as some of them can affect platelet function.

If you have taken any of the following medications, you should consider allowing the days indicated below to pass from the last dose administered:

If you have ingested a drug that is not on the list, you can check by phone if you are a candidate to donate, specifying the drug you took and the date of the last dose, or at the blood bank reception before filling out your history clinic.

Before making your platelet donation, the doctor will evaluate the number of platelets in your blood to determine if based on this number of platelets, your weight and blood volume, it is possible to obtain it using the apheresis equipment to ensure that your platelet values after donation remain at normal values, so the number of platelets before donating may vary between each donor.

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You are a woman and take contraceptives or are in your period.


You are diabetic, do not use insulin and are under control.


You are a health professional and you have no risk factors for acquiring an infectious disease associated with the care of your patients.


You had type A hepatitis before the age of 10.


If you suffer from high blood pressure and are under control.

Based on the National Center for Blood Transfusion (Centro Nacional de la Transfusión Sanguínea, CNTS) indications supported by the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding Coronavirus 2019- COVID-19, please consider the following:

  • Avoid donating if you have respiratory infection symptoms or have presented them in the last two weeks.
  • If possible, go to the blood bank without company (to avoid crowds).
    After your donation, inform the Blood Bank if you are diagnosed as a probable or suspected coronavirus case within 45 days after donating.
  • You can only be a candidate to donate:
    • In areas with recent local transmission: only if you do not have symptoms and have not attended, been with or lived with a person considered a probable or suspected case of COVID-19 or have had direct contact with their respiratory secretions or body fluids.
    • If you have traveled to areas without recent local transmission: only if you do not have symptoms.
  • If you have traveled to areas with recent local transmission, have had symptoms or contact with suspected or probable cases of COVID-19 or have had symptoms and it has been ruled out coronavirus infection, the doctor will indicate the deferral period to be able to donate once you have fully recovered and completed your therapy, which may be from 30 to 90 days depending on the case.

Can I donate blood if I have the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine?

Based on the recommendations of the National Blood Transfusion Center, if you have already been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the deferral periods are:

  • If you received a vaccine from AstraZeneca, Janssen/J&J, Moderna, Sputnik V, Novavax or Pfizer and you want to donate blood, you do not have to wait a specified time and you only have to meet the rest of the requirements.
  • If you received the CanSino, Sinovac vaccine or do not know which vaccine you received, you will have to wait 14 days to donate.

Blood Bank




In the Blood Bank we have high-tech equipment with which we offer services according to the needs of our patients and doctors.

In the Blood Bank we have high-tech equipment with which we offer services according to the needs of our patients and doctors.

  • Medical evaluation of blood donors or blood components.
  • Autologous and allogeneic whole blood collection.
  • Collection of blood components by apheresis.
  • Collection of hematopoietic progenitor cells.
  • Therapeutic plasma exchange.
  • Cell recovery in the operating room.
  • Therapeutic bleeding.
  • ABO/Rh blood group determination.
  • Phenotyping of red blood cells to various systems.
  • Direct and indirect anti-globulin test.
  • Screening tests in donors for transfusion-transmitted diseases.
  • Identification of irregular antibodies.

Drugs reason for deferral to donate blood or any blood component

Frequent questions

Our Locations

At ABC Medical Center, we are prepared to serve you in out two Campuses 24/24h, 7 days a week.

Campus Observatorio

Sur 136 No. 116, Col. Las Américas,
Álvaro Obregón, 01120, Cd. de México.

Tel. 55 5230 8000

Campus Santa Fe

Av. Carlos Graef Fernández 154, Col. Santa Fe, Cuajimalpa, 05300, Cd. de México.

Tel. 55 1103 1600