Blood Bank

We comply with the Mexican Official Standards of the Ministry of Health and international standards.

Our Blood Bank keeps significant reserves of blood components such as: erythrocyte
concentrates, plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitates, etc., under strict quality controls that
comply with the Mexican Official Standards of the Ministry of Health and international

Requirements for Donating Blood

  • Be between 18 and 65 years old.
  • Minimum weight 50 kg.
  • A brief fast to donate blood and/or platelets.
  • Not being sick on the day of donation.
  • Not having suffered from Hepatitis type B or C, HIV-AIDS, syphilis, etc.
  • Not having multiple sexual partners.
  • Not having received organ transplants.
  • Not suffering from epilepsy, tuberculosis, severe heart disease, or cancer.
  • Not using intravenous or inhaled drugs.
  • Not having been confined in penal or mental institutions.
  • Women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

You can also donate if:


At the Blood Bank, we have state-of-the-art equipment for offering services that meet the needs of our patients and physicians.

  • Medical evaluation of blood or blood component donors.
  • Collection of autologous and allogeneic whole blood.
  • Collection of blood components by apheresis.
  • Collection of hematopoietic progenitor (stem) cells.
  • Therapeutic plasma exchange.
  • Cell recovery in the O.R.
  • Therapeutic bloodletting.
  • Determination of ABO/Rh blood group.
  • Phenotyping of red blood cells for various systems.
  • Direct and indirect anti-globulin test.
  • Donor screening tests for transfusion-transmitted diseases.
  • Identification of irregular antibodies.

Drugs that cause deferral to donate blood or any blood component

DrugDeferral from
Drugs with teratogenic
Acitretin3 years
Tamoxifen18 months
Dutasteride6 months
28 days
Transfer factor12 months

Drugs that cause deferral for plateletpheresis or that contraindicate obtaining platelet units by fractionation of whole blood

(Does not include candidates to donate whole blood, erythrocytes by apheresis or plasma)

Drugs that alter the platelet
Deferral from suspension
Acetylsalicylic acid
5 days
Mefenamic Acid
48 hours

If the donor is taking any other treatment that is not mentioned in this table, acceptability will be evaluated according to the type of medication and condition for which it is being administered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every patient that uses blood units must have donors to replace the blood that is transfused, since the Bank must maintain reserves for optimal functioning and ensure that any patient is treated immediately in case of an emergency, and doesn’t have to wait for the collection of the blood or blood components they require.
Depending on the patient's condition or the medical-surgical procedure they will undergo, the need for blood units will depend on the amount that your attending physician considers necessary. An ABC Medical Center collaborator will contact you to give you the number of units used, or you can contact the Blood Bank directly.
No. The procedure for collecting and testing the blood to ensure that it is free of microorganisms that can transmit any infection by transfusion, as well as compatibility and other tests, are carried out several hours before the blood is used.
ABC Medical Center does not buy or sell blood. All blood transfused at ABC Medical Center comes from altruistic donors and from patients’ family members, peers, or friends. However, our Blood Bank "loans" the units that the patient requires, and they must be replenished as soon as possible to satisfy the needs of the rest of the patients. In 2015, a decree was issued reforming the General Health Act, banning trade in organs, tissues and cells.
Charges made by the Blood Bank derive from the costs of obtaining, extracting, testing, preserving, preparing, distributing, transporting and supplying blood or blood components. When people come to donate, a thorough medical analysis of their habits and possible conditions must be conducted, as well as a screening for infectious agents that can be transmitted by transfusion, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-AIDS), hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, Trypanosoma cruzi (cause of Chagas disease) and Treponema pallidum (cause of syphilis). Furthermore, the process of obtaining, processing and storing units is expensive. Other charges may arise from pre-transfusion compatibility testing, special studies or procedures, and the transfusion process itself.
In any blood transfusion, there is the risk of transmitting infectious diseases or administering blood components that are not compatible with the patient's blood type. However, ABC Medical Center is certain that all blood components obtained, and all processes performed, comply with quality and safety standards indicated by national and international regulations, thus ensuring the safety of all units that are transfused to patients.

Contact Us

Observatorio Campus

Central Tower Basement
Sur 136 No. 116, Col. Las Américas,
Álvaro Obregón, 01120, Ciudad de México.
+52 (55) 5230 8000 ext. 8921
Monday to Sunday from 07:30 to 20:30

Santa Fe Campus

First Floor of Central Tower
Av. Carlos Graef Fernández 154, Santa Fe,
Cuajimalpa, 05300, Ciudad de México.
+52 (55) 1103 1600 ext. 1830
Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 19:00