Basic Qualifications

PLEASE NOTE: All donors must present Photo I.D. at time of donation.

You may be eligible to donate blood if you:

  • Are in general good health
  • Are 17 years of age or older
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds, if 17 year of age must weigh 115+ pounds
  • Have the following criteria:
    • Females: 12.5 gm/dl of hemoglobin or 38%-60% hematocrit
    • Males: 13.0 gm/dl of hemoglobin or 39%-60% hematocrit
  • Have a pulse range between 50-100
  • Have not donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks, or double red blood cells in the last 16 weeks
  • Have normal blood pressure, pulse and temperature
  • Do not have a cold or sore throat
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are not under a doctor’s care for any serious illness or injury
  • Are not taking antibiotics for an active infection

You may also be eligible to donate if you:

  • Have high blood pressure controlled by medication
  • Have diabetes controlled by medication
  • Are taking common anti-depressants
  • Are taking birth control pills
  • Have had a tattoo or piercing at a state licensed facility

If you have a specific question regarding your eligibility, please contact the Coastal Bend Blood Center at 800.299.4943 or All inquiries are confidential.

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