Donate Blood with the Rector during Academic Week

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Monday 5 February 2018, 08:48 - Text: OK

During Academic Week (19–24 February 2018), another round of the event “Donate Blood with the Rector: Blue is Good!” will take place. We call on all students and employees of Palacký University to join us in the week 19 to 23 February to donate their most precious possession – blood. Every student or employee will also receive a small gift package from UPoint and University Hospital Olomouc upon showing their ISIC or UP employee card.

Why should you donate blood?

Because volunteering to donate your blood or blood plasma is a priceless feeling, and because we believe that university students and employees should lead. During the last five years, more than 3500 members of the academic community have donated blood thanks to our initiative.

 

Who can donate blood?

All information on whether you are an eligible donor can be found below. Please read all the conditions before going to the University Hospital so that your visit will not be in vain.

The event is co-organised with the Transfusion Department of the University Hospital Olomouc and the initiative called 470 ml (Pint of Blood).

If you are interested in donating blood, please contact Zuzana Bernátová via e-mail: zuzana.bernatova01@upol.cz. Put the slogan DARUJ S UP (DONATE WITH UP) in the subject of the e-mail. Include your name and address, date of birth, and e-mail address.

 "I’m a first-time blood donor"

Any healthy person who freely decides to do so can become a donor, as long as they fulfil the following conditions:

  • you are a permanent resident of the Czech Republic, or a member of an EU state with health insurance valid in the Czech Republic;
  • you are between 18–60 years old, weighing at least 52 kg if a woman or 60 kg if a man;
  • you do not suffer from serious allergies;
  • you have not undergone a serious infectious liver disease (aside from hepatitis A);
  • you do not suffer from chronic kidney diseases;
  • you do not suffer from cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks, heart disease or defect, high blood pressure);
  • you do not suffer from a serious skin disease;
  • you have not had TBC;
  • you have not had malaria or another tropical disease;
  • you have not had typhoid nor paratyphoid fever;
  • you do not suffer from rheumatism;
  • you are not being treated for blood disorders (anaemia, clotting disorders, etc.);
  • you do not have nor have had cancer;
  • you do not have nervous system disorders (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis);
  • you have not had any organ transplant, including corneal transplants and dura mater;
  • you have not had, nor have blood relatives who have had, an occurrence of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease or its variant (vCJD);
  • you do not suffer from stomach ulcers, diseases of the gallbladder, nor pancreas;
  • you are not in any “risk groups” (promiscuous lifestyle, intravenous drug user, homosexual intercourse);
  • you are not an alcoholic;
  • you have not contracted a venereal disease (gonorrhoea, syphilis);
  • you are not in close contact (member of a shared household or sexual partner) with an HIV/AIDS positive person;
  • you are not in close contact (member of a shared household or sexual partner) with a person having or having had hepatitis B or C;
  • you have not been in a correctional facility (prison) in the past year;
  • you have not lived in a tropical country or exotic region in the past 6 months;
  • you did not live for more than 6 months in Great Britain or France between 1980–1996.

You may give blood if:

  • you are not sick and feel completely well;
  • in recent months you have not been in contact with a contagious disease;
  • you have not undergone an operation nor endoscopic examination in the past six months;
  • you have not taken antibiotics nor other medicines in the last month;
  • you have not had a tooth pulled in the last week;
  • you have not had any piercings nor tattoos in the last 6 months;
  • you have not had a tick in the last month;
  • you are a woman and: you are not currently having your period; it has been at least 9 months since you have given birth; it has been at least one month since you have stopped breastfeeding.

What you will need to donate blood:

  • photo identification (national ID card, passport);
  • valid health insurance card;
  • you do not need a doctor’s recommendation;
  • good veins in the crook of your arm;
  • to follow the proper diet and rest regimes.

Dietary regime before giving blood:

  • 14 hours prior to giving blood, do not eat any fatty foods, but do not fast;
  • it is important to have an adequate intake of non-sweetened drinks;
  • do not consume any alcohol at least 14 hours before giving blood;
  • on the day of donating, eat foods such as breadstuffs without added fat, fruits and vegetables, and avoid sweetened drinks.