and save a life or two
Reason for the Current Shortage
Recently the FDA, in the interest of ensuring
a more safe blood product, has expanded the definition of ineligible donors
- Donors who spent a total of three months or more in the United Kingdom
(UK) from the beginning of 1980 through the end of 1996;
- Donors who have spent a total of five years or more in France from
1980 to the present;
- Current or former US military personnel, civilian military employees
and their dependents who resided at US military bases in Northern Europe
(Germany, UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands) for a total of six months or
more from 1980 through 1990, or elsewhere in Europe (Greece, Turkey,
Spain, Portugal, and Italy) from 1980 through 1996.
These restrictions have made many of the
military in our Washington, Northern Virginia, and Maryland ineligible and
has made the national blood shortage situation worse in our region.
Even if you aren't in the Washington DC area
your blood is no less important or valuable in saving lives. Donate
where ever you live and fill out the anonymous
report form every time you donate so we can keep track of just how much of a
difference we are making nationally. We will post
statistics of our
blood donations on this website and we will find out which class outclasses
Learn more about donating blood at
INOVA Blood Centers
in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area.
Request an Appointment
on the internet or call
(866-256-6372) for an appointment in the DC area.
Learn more about
donating blood nationally from the American