Donation can be whole blood or apheresis-based. The sex and age for each donation type is specified. At HMC, we did not accept females for platelet or plasma donations, so the starting age is listed as 99 years. Otherwise, in accordance with Qatari law, the starting age for donation is 18. All these parameters are user-definable, and a transfusion medicine physician can override the rules if necessary.
For each and every combination of donations, the deferral interval must be specified. Examples follow. The temporary deferral period is in days:
Previous donation whole blood, current donation whole blood: 56
Previous donor platelets, current donation whole blood: 2
Previous donation whole blood, current donation platelets: 56
Also note how for each possible combination there is an entry for male AND female. Females are restricted to whole blood donation and only RBCs will be made from the collection.
If there is a collection incident and the apheresis procedure is not completed, the interval will be set to 56 days. This will be covered in the post on donor adverse effect reporting.
To Be Continued: