Per CDC guidelines, LifeServe is requiring blood donors to wear masks to their appointments beginning May 11. Donors who do not have masks will be provided one at registration. Donors should also take their temperature before reporting to their appointment. A donor with a temperature of 99.5 or higher should reschedule. See a full list of our COVID-19 precautions here.

FDA Changes and Welcoming “New” Donors!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which creates and mandates all blood collection guidelines and blood donor eligibility criteria for the country, released vast and sweeping changes to blood donor eligibility guidelines this spring.

Director of Quality Grant Pfeifer and his team got to work to amend LifeServe’s guidelines the day the FDA changes were announced. “LifeServe has been involved for many years in advocating for these changes and we were pleased to see so many positive steps taken,” Pfeifer explained. “Our teams have put in countless hours to make all of the appropriate changes to our procedures, computer systems, and documents necessary to implement these changes as soon as possible.” 

Though these changes from the FDA came in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, they are positive changes for the nation’s blood supply. As more and more eligibility requirements were implemented over the years, the pool of eligible blood donors has become alarmingly low across the country. These significant donor eligibility changes will have an immediate impact on our ability to recruit additional volunteers and continue providing a robust community blood supply.

Take a look at some of the biggest changes!
Military travel to Europe deferral: lifted!
Travel to Malarial risk area deferral: now 3 months vs. 1 year
HIV risk factor deferral: now 3 months vs. 1 year
Post-surgery deferral: 3 months vs. 1 year

We’re working to contact donors who are affected by these changes. If you believe you may be eligible to donate again, reach out and we can determine your eligibility.

“We look forward to being able to welcome back potential donors who were previously deferred from donation,” said Pfeifer. “We will continue to advocate for changes to regulations that allow people to donate lifesaving products for our community members who need them.”