Donor Eligibility Guidelines
As part of the process of participating in the
Be The Match Registry, we first
want to make sure you are medically eligible to be a donor. The
purpose of this health screen is to minimize the risks to both the
patient and you, the potential donor. The following information
should be carefully reviewed, before you decide to be tested.
donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and in good health.
If you have, or are at risk for, HIV or AIDS, you cannot join
the national Registry.
Common allergies to animals, the environment, or medications,
etc. are acceptable.
Mild to moderate osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis are
acceptable. All other forms of arthritis are not acceptable.
Serious asthma (poorly controlled, requiring hospitalization or
oral steroids, etc.) is not acceptable.
DISEASES: Donors with multiple
sclerosis, systemic lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, or
fibromyalgia cannot join the national Registry.
- BACK PROBLEMS:
Back problems (sprains, strains and aches) are common and may
not interfere with blood stem cell donation. Serious back
problems, particularly those requiring surgery, may be a cause
for deferral. If you have significant back problems, consult
with the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
- BLOOD PRESSURE:
Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) is acceptable if well
controlled by medication or diet and if there is no associated
Cured localized skin cancer (only simple basal cell or squamous
cell) is acceptable. Healed breast, bladder, or cervical cancer
in situ is acceptable. All other forms of cancer, including
melanoma, are unacceptable.
Stable, well-controlled depression is acceptable.
If your diabetes is well-controlled by oral medication or diet,
you can join the national Registry. If you require insulin or
have diabetes-related serious health issues such as kidney,
heart, or eye disease, you cannot join the national Registry.
More than one seizure in the past year is not acceptable.
Epilepsy controlled with medication, when there have been no
seizures in the past year, is acceptable.
- HEART DISEASE:
Prior heart attack, history of angioplasty, bypass surgery,
heart valve replacement surgery, or use of a pacemaker are not
acceptable. Mitral valve prolapse that does not require
medication or restrictions is acceptable. Irregular heartbeat
not requiring medication is acceptable.
Those diagnosed with, or at risk for, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C
cannot join the national Registry. Hepatitis vaccine is
acceptable. All other hepatitis history must be evaluated.
- HIP REPLACEMENT:
Donors who have had hip replacement surgery or have fractured
their hip bone cannot join the national Registry.
Immunizations are acceptable, except investigational vaccines.
Some immunizations require a waiting period before joining the
- LYME DISEASE:
Asymptomatic Lyme disease is acceptable if you have been
successfully treated with antibiotics. Chronic Lyme disease is
Malaria with no symptoms more than three years ago is
acceptable. All other malaria history must be evaluated.
Body Mass Index is used to evaluate weight. Donors may be
deferred if obesity presents donation risk. See below for weight
- ORGAN or TISSUE
TRANSPLANT: Heart, lung,
liver, kidney, dura mater, marrow, or blood stem cell recipients
cannot join the national Registry. Recipients of bone,
ligaments, tendons, skin, or corneas may be allowed to join,
depending on the underlying reason for the transplant.
Donors who have received a body piercing or tattoo are
acceptable, if sterile, non-shared instruments were used. If the
piercing/tattoo occurred in the last 12 months, you will be able
to join the national Registry, but you will not be allowed to
donate blood stem cells for 12 months from the date of the
Blood stem cells cannot be collected at any time during
pregnancy. Women who are pregnant may join the national
Registry, but are not allowed to donate blood stem cells until
fully recovered from the delivery of the baby.
TRANSMITTED DISEASES: Any
history of sexually transmitted disease must be evaluated.
in MALARIAL RISK AREA or UK
or EUROPE: Travel or residence
in a malarial risk area or to the UK or Europe
Active pulmonary tuberculosis within the last two years is not
DONOR WEIGHT GUIDELINES:
4’ 10” 191
5’ 0” 204
5’ 1” 211
5’ 2” 218
5’ 3” 225
5’ 11” 286
6’ 0” and above