National Blood Bank will carry out extraordinary blood donation campaign this Sunday

San José, Jan 21 ( – The National Blood Bank of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) has a 25% decrease in blood reserves, in this situation, an extraordinary campaign will be carried out to blood donation.

This will take place on Sunday, January 23 at the National Blood Bank in Zapote. The donation hours will be from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, by capacity.

“Due to the urgency, it will be attended by capacity, so it is not necessary to arrive by appointment. Blood donation is very safe and only takes about 40 minutes, so the call to help all patients who need this liquid to live,” said Dr. Carlos Andrés Villegas Villegas, director of the National Blood Bank.

“The objective of this campaign is to meet the blood needs of the various hospitals and thus be able to cover emergencies, surgeries, medical and surgical procedures due to traffic accidents and other types of situations that occur in a medical center,” said Dr. Villegas Villegas.

The National Blood Bank is located in Zapote on the south side of the Catholic Church and people will be attended to, keeping all the protocols of hand washing, physical distancing and use of a mask.

The vehicular restriction is not an impediment to approaching to donate, since in the National Blood Bank they will give you a document that supports your appointment.

The requirements to donate blood are:

  • Age: 18 to 65 years.
  • Weigh more than 52 kilos and measure more than 1.50 meters
  • Does not require fasting. Before making the donation, do not consume fat (butter, custard, chorizo, salami, egg, bacon) or dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese). Eat cookies, bread, jams or jellies, coffee or tea without milk. If you eat something heavy, you must wait between 2 and 3 hours after the meal to be able to donate.
  • It is essential to carry the national identity card or residence card The document must be valid (not expired) and in good condition (with visible photograph)
  • Enjoy good health. Not having had a cold in the last 15 days and indicate about any physical problem or illness that you currently suffer from. If you take medications, remember to inform the doctor who assesses you, remember the name of the medications, it is preferable to have them written down and the reason for which they are prescribed.
  • If you have had tattoos or earrings, you must wait a year.
  • If you are a woman, you must inform if you are menstruating to assess the condition. You must not be pregnant. After a childbirth or abortion, you must wait 6 to 9 months to be able to donate, depending on the situation or if you breastfed.
  • You should consume fluids a day or two before donating. Ideally water and natural soft drinks. On the day of your donation, try to drink a glass or two of water about 30 minutes before donating.
  • If you have already been vaccinated against covid-19, you must wait 7 days before donating blood if you received the dose from Pfizer-BioNTech, 14 days if you received the one from AstraZeneca-Oxford, and 30 days if you received your vaccine outside the country.
  • If you have already received the seasonal influenza vaccine, you must wait 14 days after vaccination before you can donate blood.
  • In the case of people who have suffered covid-19, they must wait 14 days after having overcome all the symptoms of the disease.



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