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an exceptional blood drive to support the armies

by archyw

Annual meeting between the Nation and its army, July 14 is the opportunity for the Armed Forces Blood Transfusion Center (CTSA), to organize a collection for the forces.

The special consideration that the Nation has for its soldiers responds to their commitment to the performance of their duty and to the specific constraints of their missions This exceptional fundraising is a strong symbol, marked by the voluntary action of reservists, partners and sponsors for the benefit of Defense, but also through the solidarity and generosity of the civilian public.

The major stake of this day is operational. Its objective is to build up large blood reserves in order to compensate for the traditional summer deficit. The reserves must be renewed regularly to meet the needs of soldiers injured during operational engagements and of military and civilian patients hospitalized in the Army Training Hospitals (HIA).

Measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic impose a limit of 1,000 visitors to the Invalides site.

To benefit from the best reception, all precautionary measures will be implemented to avoid the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. To reduce the waiting time for donors and comply with safety instructions, they are invited, when they have the possibility to schedule their visit, by making an appointment on the site https: //ctsa.reservio. com or by flashing the QRCODE on the poster with their smartphone.


All citizens can show their solidarity by making a donation for the benefit of the military who intervene both on national territory and abroad to ensure the safety of all.

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Who can donate blood?

Anyone, aged 18 and up to the day before their 71st birthdaye birthday, in good health and the donation of which poses no risk to the recipient in terms of transmission of infectious diseases. Men can donate up to six times a year and women up to four times. Between two blood donations, a minimum period of eight weeks must be observed.

You can donate blood after an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine, without any delay.

Definitive contraindications:

– a history of transfusion, even old, or transplant;
– a history of cancer;
– infection with HIV, hepatitis B or C virus, HTLV (human T-lymphotropic virus);
– the use (even once) of injectable drugs;
– diabetes treated with insulin;
– serious or chronic diseases or at risk of relapse, in particular cardiac, neurological or autoimmune.

Temporary contraindications:

– weight: less than 50 kg;
– infectious episode or fever in the last 15 days or taking antibiotics (except acne) in the last 7 days;
– dental care: 24 hours after scaling, 7 days after root treatment;
– a large unhealed or infected wound;
– 6 months after childbirth;
– in the last 4 months:

  • have had more than one sexual partner or a partner who has had other sexual partners;
  • for a man to have had sex with another man;
  • endoscopy (colonoscopy / fibroscopy);
  • hospitalization for more than 24 hours or major surgery;
  • a tattoo, a piercing;
  • acupuncture or mesotherapy with non-disposable equipment;
  • a return from an area at risk of malaria.

– certain vaccines: yellow fever and MMR for 28 days, hepatitis B for 14 days;
– 3 years after a malaria crisis;
– 28 days after returning from a dengue risk area, chikungunya, Zika, West Nile. These areas are updated regularly. A trip table will be available at reception.

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Contraindications related to Covid-19:

  • you can go to the clinic unless you have tested positive for covid-19;
  • you must wait 28 days after the onset of symptoms or 14 days after symptoms disappear before you can donate;
  • if you are asymptomatic with a positive test for Covid-19, you must wait 14 days from the date of the test;
  • if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of covid-19, you should wait 14 days after the last contact unless the PCR test is negative.

This non-exhaustive list presents the main contraindications; the final decision rests with the person performing the pre-donation interview. At each stage, staff are available to answer your questions. Finally, before donating blood, the CTSA reminds you that you must not be fasting and have properly hydrated. ID is required for check-in.

About CTSA

The main mission of the Armed Forces Blood Transfusion Center (CTSA) is the transfusion support of the forces during operational engagements and the transfusion support of the various Army Training Hospitals (HIA) located in the Paris region and in the Provence-Alpes region. -Cote d’Azur. Saving the life of a single injured person may require the transfusion of several bags of blood products (concentrates of red blood cells, platelets and plasma). To meet hospital and operational needs, the CTSA must collect numerous bags of blood, plasma and platelets every week. You can come and donate your blood all year round in the various collection points of the CTSA Clamart or on the CTSA site of the HIA Sainte-Anne, in Toulon.

The CTSA ensures the entire transfusion chain. It collects, prepares, qualifies, stores, distributes and delivers the various labile blood products but also ensures the specific and unique production of Lyophilized Plasma (PLYO) or innovative therapy drugs for the benefit of polytrauma injured people.

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