Why Can’t Someone Over 60 Years Old Be A Blood Donor?

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Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Blood donation is an activity based on humanity, where healthy people give part of their blood to be stored and used for people in need, for example those who experience bleeding due to accidents, spinal cord abnormalities, cancer, or other conditions where their bodies are unable to produce blood enough to function properly.

Although this is an act of charity, apparently not everyone can donate blood. There are some groups of people who are actually forbidden to donate blood, because their physical condition is considered not strong enough or even has certain diseases where it can actually harm people who receive their blood later. Quoting from the Indonesian Red Cross website, among the list of those who are prohibited from making blood donations are:

 Have had hepatitis B within 6 months after close contact with hepatitis sufferers within 6 months after transfusion within 6 months after tattooing / ear piercing within 72 hours after dental surgery within 6 months after minor surgery a period of 12 months after minor surgery Within 24 hours after vaccination of polio, influenza, cholera, stetanus dipteria or prophylaxis within 2 weeks after vaccination of live virus parotitis epidemica, measles and tetanus toxin Within 1 year after the last injection of rabies immunization therapeutic within 1 week after allergy symptoms disappear within 1 year after skin transplantation are pregnant and within 6 months after delivery breastfeeding drug dependence acute and chronic alcoholism suffering from syphilis suffering from tuberculosis clinically suffering from epilepsy and frequent seizures suffering from abusers t skin on veins (veins) that will be pierced Having a tendency to bleeding or blood diseases, such as thalassemia Someone who belongs to a group of people who are at high risk of getting HIV and AIDS (homosexual, morphinis, changing sex partners and non-sterile syringes) People with HIV and AIDS according to the results of the blood donor examination In addition, those who have diabetes, cancer, heart disease, are taking regular medications and have certain bleeding disorders also should not do blood donations, because it is feared it can harm themselves and others.

Regarding your question, the requirements for blood donation are in the age range of 17-60 years (there are other sources that say 70 years). Other requirements are having a minimum body weight of 45 kg, normal body temperature, regular pulse, normal blood pressure, normal hemoglobin levels, and not within a period of less than 3 months from a previous blood donor.

But as you can see, the terms are not the same as the blood donor ban. The group of people who are forbidden from blood donation is not the same as the group of people who do not meet the blood donor requirements. That means, if the situation is very urgent, those who do not meet the requirements may be allowed to make blood donations, of course, with various adjustments and observations by doctors. For example, there is a patient who lost blood in a remote area, while the only person who has the same blood type as him just made a blood donation 2 months ago. So judging from the conditions, this person may be allowed to do blood donation, although once again there must be a lot of consideration by doctors who are competent. So if it is simplified, a person who is prohibited is absolutely not allowed to donate blood in any situation, while those who do not meet the requirements, may still be allowed at certain times.

So regarding your question, people over the age of 60 do not enter their group who are immediately allowed to donate blood because they consider the physical condition of the prospective donor itself. It is feared that with the physical condition which must have been weakened, if blood donation is done, it can occur unexpected circumstances. Various diseases that are generally owned by people over 60 years cause too risky if blood donation is still done. But once again if the conditions are different, even if the person is over 60 years old his physical condition is quite good, and the situation is urgent, maybe he will be allowed to donors.

What you also need to understand so as not to misunderstand is, with the current technological advances, there are many options that we can do before finally risking the donor's condition by including those who are not qualified for blood donations. So it will be far better for donors and blood recipients if those who make donors are those who indeed meet the requirements and are not prohibited for blood donors. So, hopefully answering your question.

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