Even though donating and receiving blood is an extremely safe procedure, there are always potential risks that need to be assessed and managed with regards to the patients and the donors.
Safety does not begin and end at the blood banks and hospitals, patients and donors have an important role to play as well.
The Donor Health Checklist (DHC) is designed to minimize the risk by spotting potential problems for donors and patients.
The DHC is our first line of defense, it is very important that you refresh your memory with it every time you want to donate as the safety rules or your personal circumstances may have changed. And of course, back in the labs the donations are tested to pick up any dangerous infections. Even with all these tests, we fail to detect some infections (especially if they are very recent) and this is why the DHC questionnaire is vital to us in order to spot a potential risk.