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I am a donor: find out more

 

Places of donation

The Blood Transfusion Centre of Luxembourg City, 42, Boulevard Joseph II, L-1840 Luxembourg

Opening hours: Warning, new opening hours since 30.11.: Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8am-4pm; Wednesday and Thursday: 8am-6pm. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

External donations

The Blood Transfusion Centre team operates in various donation locations in Luxembourg. Browse the calendar for external donations.

For enquires concerning a donation or to change an appointment and/or location, please contact the “donor management” department on the following number: 27 55 40 10 or via e-mail at don-du-sang@croix-rouge.lu.

Corporate blood drives : find out more.

 

The day of your donation

The Blood Transfusion Centre will send you an invitation prior to the day of your blood donation, depending on the weekly stock requirements and blood groups. The invitation will be sent by mail or e-mail and contains a proposed date and a medical questionnaire in a language chosen by the donor.

Please bring your invitation and filled-out questionnaire with you.

Blood donor : Donors are welcomed at the Blood Transfusion Centre reception desk or at the waiting room of the external donation site. Please bring your donor card from the Blood Transfusion Centre or a piece of ID.

Plasma or platelet donor : Donors make their own appointments by calling 27 55 40 10 and go directly to the Department of Apheresis. Please bring your appointment confirmation as well as your filled-out questionnaire and your donor card from the Centre de Transfusion Sanguine or a piece of ID.

 

You should never donate blood on an empty stomach. Eat as you normally would, but avoid greasy food and be sure to drink plenty of water. Snacks and drinks will be provided for you at the donation site.

Avoid doing any sports activities on the day of your donation (either before or after the appointment); avoid the sauna and rest before driving.

To ensure your privacy, a nurse will review your completed questionnaire in a cubicle and if necessary, a doctor will join to ask more detailled questions. For an external donation, the interview will always be carried out by a doctor.

Donation details :

  • Volume of a normal (whole) blood donation: 500ml
  • Length of a blood donation: approximately 6 to 12 minutes
  • Volume of a plasma/platelet donation: 500 to 750 ml
  • Length of a plasma/platelet donation: varies according to procedure (30 to 45 minutes)
  • Rest and snack before leaving the donation centre: 30 minutes

 

All equipment used is single-use only and the staff adhere to strict hygiene regulations.

 

Post-Donation Issues

The risks associated with blood donations are very few, happen very rarely, and are usually of minor consequence :

  • bruising at the place of venepuncture
  • reaction to the anticoagulant in case of an apheresis
  • dizziness/fainting  either immediately or later that day due to low blood pressure
  • damage to the median nerve (exceptional, < 0,01%)
If you encounter any problems related to your blood donation, please inform us by speaking to a Blood Transfusion Centre nurse by calling 27 55 40 10 and your call will be transferred to a doctor. It is our duty to document all incidents related to blood donations, to ensure the well-being of you, the donor, and to notify Ministry of Health in case of a major incident.

 

If during the week following your donation you encounter any health problems (fever, joint pain, diarrhoea, chills, etc.) or if you become aware of having been exposed to a contagious disease, inform us immediately by speaking to a Blood Transfusion Centre nurse.

You can reach us from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

  • Tel: 27 55 40 10 (donor management department)
  • 2755-4000 (reception) to speak to a doctor
  • on weekends, for urgent matters: 2755 4074

The health and safety of the recipient of your donation might be at risk.

 

Types of donations and their frequency

  Total blood Plasma + platelet
Frequency

4x/year= every 3 months (men)

3x/year= every 4 months (women)

1x/ month maximum
Mode Upon invitation; depending on our stock requirements and blood groups. By appointment
Locations According to the donation sites Only at the Blood Transfusion Centre

 

 

Analysis

Each donation is followed by an analysis evaluation before delivery of the products.

  Blood donation Plasma donation Platelet donation New donor
Blood count X X X X
Irregular Antibodies (RAI)

 X

X X X

Serology

Ag HBS

AC HCV

AC HIV 1 + 2

AC Syphilis

AC anti HBc

AC anti HTLV 1 + 2

X X X X

PCR

Hepatitis A/B/C

HIV

Parvovirus B19

X X X X

Total proteins

Once a year

  X X  

AC Malaria *

X   No CYTA during 3 years X
Blood type 3 determinations X X X X

 

* : In the event of visiting a Malaria zone, your blood will be tested for Malaria antibodies for 3 years after your visit.

 

The donor is immediately informed in case of any anomalies.

 

The recipients of your blood products

With the exception of identical twins, each individual is unique and characterized by his cellular antigens and plasmatic antibodies. A transfusion is comparable to a temporary transplant, and we adhere to certain rules of compatibility between donors and recipient so as to achieve maximum efficacy from the transfusion. To reduce immunologic conflicts between donor and recipient, no whole blood is transfused.The transfusion contains either red blood cells, plasma, or platelets.

From a statistical point of view, the likelihood of each of us needing a blood transfusion once in our lifetime is approx 70%.

New-born infants: If the blood group of the mother is incompatible with that of her baby, in particular regarding the Rhesus factor, the infant may need the circulating blood to be exchanged.

Children, either because of an accident or chemotherapy/radiation therapy in the case of leukemia, children may need external blood provision in the form of a blood transfusion.

Adolescents, may require a blood transfusion in the case of a car accident that results in massive blood loss.

Adults, may undergo surgery that requires a blood transfusion, thanks to advances in modern medicine such as organ transplants or cardiovascular surgery.

Elderly people suffer from a slowing down of production of blood cells and the rapid increase of cancer risks, increasing the need for blood transfusions as part of their treatment.

 

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