Blood Donation #2 – Points learnt

J. returned to the NUH Blood Donation Centre for the second time since his September visit, this time with two friends.

Everyone reasonably knows that if one frequents the services provided by the fine ladies of Geylang’s dark alleys, shoots up with recreational drugs on a daily basis, is on tuberculosis treatment or long-term medication for epilepsy, that blood should not be donated, yes?

Today (and including one point from last time), J. learnt some new contraindications:

  • Staying in a European country for 5 years or more
  • Within 1 day of having scaling done on teeth
  • Within 1 year of a needlestick injury regardless of negative results

Incidentally, J. would like to point out that the 16-gauge needle is truly a “wide-bore” needle and looks pretty formidable. Fortunately, thanks to subcutaneous injection of lignocaine with a 24G needle prior, the insertion of the 16-gauge cannula was absolutely painless. It helped that J. has large veins and the sister had no need to ‘topo’.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cheekysalsera on February 3, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Why ah? (for European country and scaling on teeth)


  2. Not quite sure about the European country bit. > 3-6 months spent in the UK is a problem because of the worry of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (mad cow disease) being possibly spread in the blood.

    Almost all dental procedures cause a transient bacteremia (bacteria in the blood). Since scaling is a minor procedure, the bacteremia’s mild and lasts only a short period. Hence the 1-day layoff.


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