Blood Bank

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.

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.

Directions for donating
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.

Platelet Donor Requirement

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.

You can also donate if

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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.

Services

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

  • Valoración médica de donadores de sangre o hemocomponentes.
  • Recolección de sangre total autóloga y alogénica.
  • Recolección de hemocomponentes por aféresis.
  • Recolección de células progenitoras hematopoyéticas.
  • Recambio plasmático terapéutico.
  • Recuperación celular en quirófano.
  • Sangría terapéutica.
  • Determinación de grupo sanguíneo ABO/Rh.
  • Fenotipificación de glóbulos rojos a diversos sistemas.
  • Prueba de anti-globulina directa e indirecta.
  • Pruebas de tamizaje en donadores a enfermedades transmitidas por transfusión.
  • Identificación de anticuerpos irregulares.

Drugs reason for deferral to donate blood or any blood component

Frequent questions

Both pregnancies and transfusions are events that expose the donor to generate antibodies (in the case of pregnancy these antibodies are against the baby's immune system and in the case of transfusions they are because the blood or platelets that the patient receives are not identical to the patient's own), in both cases the more pregnancies we have or the more transfusions we have received, the variety of antibodies is greater and these antibodies are found in the plasma, which is the liquid part of the blood, when we donate platelets they are suspended in this plasma and when the product is transfused, the patient who receives it can produce an immune response that can be severe due to these antibodies.
It is necessary for each patient who uses units to go with donors to replace the blood that is transfused, since the Bank must maintain the reserves for its optimal functioning and guarantee that any patient, in an emergency, is treated immediately and not wait to collect the blood or blood components required.
Depending on the patient's condition or the medical-surgical procedure to which it will undergo, the need for blood units will depend on the amount that your attending physician considers necessary, a Centro Médico ABC collaborator will contact you to give you the number of units used, or you can call the Blood Bank directly.
It is not possible. The blood collection and study procedure that verifies that it is free from microorganisms capable of transmitting an infection by transfusion, compatibility tests, among others, are carried out in several hours before being used.
Centro Médico ABC does not buy or sell blood. All blood that is transfused at Centro Médico ABC comes from altruistic donors and from family members, colleagues, or friends of patients. However, our Blood Bank grants as a “loan” the units that the patient requires, which must be replaced as soon as possible to meet the needs of the rest of the patients. In 2015, a decree to amend the General Health Law was published where organs, tissues and cells trade is prohibited.
The charges made by the Blood Bank derive from the recovery of the costs of obtaining, extraction, analysis, conservation, preparation, distribution, transport, and supply of blood or blood components. When people come to donate, it is necessary to carry out a thorough medical analysis of their habits and possible conditions, as well as the study of infectious agents that can be transmitted by transfusion, which can be human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-AIDS), hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, Trypanosoma cruzi (causing Chagas disease) and Treponema pallidum (causing syphilis), likewise, the procedure of collection, processing and conservation of the units is expensive. Other charges may stem from conducting pre-transfusion compatibility tests, special tests or procedures, and the transfusion process itself.
In any blood transfusion, there is a risk of transmitting infectious diseases or administering blood components that are not compatible with the patient's blood type, however, Centro Médico ABC has the assurance that all blood components obtained and the processes carried out are performed under quality and safety standards indicated by national and international standards, thus guaranteeing the safety of all units transfused to patients.

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