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COVID-19 survivors should wait 6 months before donating blood
Published on: 2020-11-19
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An employee of the Wuhan Blood Center donates blood in WuhanAn employee of the Wuhan Blood Center donates blood

Blood centers across the country should receive COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors in a separate space and COVID-19 survivors are not allowed to donate blood for six months after their recovery, according to a guideline recently released by health authorities including the National Health Commission.

The guideline on COVID-19 prevention and control at blood centers aims to ensure the safety of donors and staff workers as well as a safe blood supply in autumn and winter.

It says workers at the blood centers should take and record the temperature of every donor. For donors whose body temperature reaches or is above 37.3 C, the workers should tell the donors to postpone the blood donation and remind the donors to visit designated fever clinics immediately.

The guideline requires blood centers to ask donors to complete a questionnaire about health conditions linked to the coronavirus, in addition to the regular health questionnaire.

Donors are also advised to defer the blood donation if they have fever or respiratory symptoms, had contact with or have epidemiological history related to someone with a COVID-19 infection, recently lived overseas or in high-risk areas, or received a flu or COVID-19 vaccination. The donation should be postponed for at least 28 days after the relevant situation is addressed.

According to the guideline, donors should timely report to blood centers if they have coronavirus infection symptoms after the donation to ensure the safety of the blood supply. Blood centers should have a separate division responsible for receiving, recording and handling the reports from donors.

新冠治愈后6个月内暂拒献血

指引提出加强献血前教育与征询。在原有健康征询的基础上,增加《新冠肺炎相关健康状况征询表》,了解献血者新冠肺炎相关健康状况,甄别献血者是否有重点地区旅行史、接触史或生活史等。

在补充征询内容中,如献血者出现过下列情况中任何一种,建议暂缓献血,暂缓时间为相关情况结束后至少28天:

(1)本人有发热或呼吸道症状;

(2)曾密切接触有发热或呼吸道症状的人员或患者;

(3)曾经与新冠病毒感染者,或聚集性发病人群有接触或流行病学关联史;

(4)近期有境外或者高风险区居住史;

(5)曾接受流感或新冠病毒疫苗接种。

同时,建议健康咨询时,对仅有偶尔咳嗽等常见情况加以甄别。

另外,对于曾被诊断为新冠病毒感染者,治愈出院后6个月内暂拒献血。

如献血者出现体温≥37.3℃,工作人员应当告知献血者暂缓献血,安排其离开征询现场,并提醒献血者及时到指定发热门诊就医。

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