Every applicant donor at CPR must pass four screening layers before they can donate.
- First the applicant must meet the basic donor eligibility checklist requirements
- The applicant must complete a comprehensive questionnaire about their health and lifestyle. This is followed by measuring the applicant donor’s vital signs (body temperature, blood pressure) and hemoglobin levels. If the vital signs and hemoglobin levels are acceptable they can proceed to the next screening phase
- In this phase the applicant’s past medical history is evaluated by reviewing the questionnaire. A physical exam is also performed to evaluate the applicant’s current health status
- Next, samples from donor’s blood and plasma are collected and tested for the presence of blood borne pathogens. The applicant donor must test negative for all transmissible diseases for two consecutive donations within a 16 week period (IQPP standard) in order to become a qualified donor.
Only applicants passing the above screening phases will be allowed to donate and considered qualified donors. Donors who test positive for HIV, HBV, and HCV are restricted from making any further donations and are indicated in the donor registry system as indefinitely deferred. The donor deferral registry system prevents reactive donors from donating their plasma.
Repeat qualified donors undergo the same screening process every time they donate, with the exception of the physical exam that is performed annually