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Avera St. Anthony's Hospital

300 N. 2nd Street
O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
402-336-2611

Blood Bank

Quesions?

If you have questions about blood donation or your eligibility to donate call 1-800-798-4208.

It’s achievement.  It’s service.  It’s community.  It’s Being a Blood Donor!

O'Neill Community Blood Drive
LifeServe Blood Center

Where

Blood Drives every 4th Monday at Avera St. Anthony’s!
Walk-ins Welcome!

Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Bus
300 N. 2nd Street

Appointments

Schedule your appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org
or call (800) 287-4903

How to Prepare

Please bring a valid form of identification, such as your donor ID card or driver’s license.
Please eat prior to donation!

Did you know?

  • More than four million Americans would die every year without life-saving blood transfusions.
  • About 60% of Americans are eligible to donate blood, but only 5% do.
  • To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17 years old, weight 100 pounds, in general good health, and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Am I eligible to donate blood?

Condition/Medication

 Qualification

Acne Meds

Accutane defers a donor for 30 days after the last dose.

AIDS

Permanently disqualified.

Allergies

OK to donate.  Medication or Shots OK.

Most Antibiotics

The Donor will be accepted 24 hours after completion of therapy.

Blood Pressure

Must be within acceptable limits.  Most medications are acceptable, but must be reviewed by SBB staff.

Cancer

Melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma are permanent deferrals.  All other forms of cancer are deferred for 5 years.  (Basal Cell Skin Cancer no deferral).

Diabetes

All diabetics, if well controlled by oral medication or insulin, are allowed to donate.

Heart Disease

Chest pain - the donor will be evaluated by collection staff.
Mitral Valve - the donor is eligible if symptom-free.
Heart Cath - the donor is deferred for 6 months.
Angioplasty - the donor is deferred for 12 months.
Cardio Vascular Surgery - an open heart patient is deferred for 18 months.

Viral Hepatitis

(Or Yellow Jaundice) OK if before age 11.  If after 11th birthday, the donor will be permanently deferred.

Hepatitis Exposure

The donor exposed to hepatitis, and is symptom-free for 12 months will be accepted.

Malaria

If the donor has traveled in a malaria area, the donor will be deferred for 12 months.

Medications

Aspirin, birth control bills, antihistamines and thyroid medications will not disqualify the donor.  Most medications are not a problem.  Our staff will need to document the exact name of your medications on your donor card each time you donate.

Menstruation

OK to donate.  The donor should use her own discretion.

Pregnancy

The donor will be accepted 6 weeks after delivery, miscarriage, or abortion.

Tattoos

The donor needs to wait one year after they have received a tattoo.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis - 1 day wait.
Chicken Pox - 2 week wait.
MMR - 4 week wait.
Flu Shot - No wait.
Oral Polio - 2 week wait.


Deferrals for Athletic Activities


Some athletes may need to be deferred on the day of a competition

Golf

Any age donor may donate the same day as a golf game.

Tennis

Any age donor by donate the same day as a tennis match.

Track

Defer the day of the meet or game unless it is six hours prior to the event.

Soccer

Defer the day of the meet or game unless it is six hours prior to the event

Running

Accept all adult recreational runners.

Basketball/Football
Volleyball

Defer the day of the competition.

Wrestling

Defer the day of the competition.

Swimming

Defer the day of the competition.