The Gift of Life

Another recent cry has gone out for Type O blood in Puerto Vallarta. We hear these requests often and the need for all types is the same, though Type O is most common. If you have a rare blood type and qualify to give blood, you will be a treasure to the Puerto Vallarta Blood Bank.

There have been changes in the requirements that make it easier for donations to be made. Prior to this, there were heavy restrictions in Puerto Vallarta that were updated as recently as November 2017.

Presence of tattoos and piercings used to cause automatic rejection but that’s changed; not having been inked or poked for one year, with the results of zero resulting infections. Inoculations of any kind, antibiotics, and a list of medications that you’ll be asked about, with a waiting time of one month. Surgery in the past six months, for obvious reasons. Certain medications, such as anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory meds will restrict donations but you can, in fact, stop taking them for 48 hours prior to donating.

Puerto Vallarta once restricted donors of a certain age, which made little sense for seniors in good health, many with spouses and other relatives, but this also has been relaxed and requires the giver to comply with a limited oral and physical exam for criterion. The same goes for women who are menstruating at the time of donation. There is an age limit for those under 18 years of age, even in excellent health.

You can’t drink alcohol within 48 hours; do ast for at least four hours but not more than eight .You must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kilos). You cannot be ill.

Some in Puerto Vallarta have felt there’s been a foggy area regarding sex partners. It’s simple: not more than five in the past five years and optimum for those who have a consistent partner.

A donor card is issued once you’ve given blood in Puerto Vallarta and testing is extensive. Along with HIV, Hep C, all sexually transmitted diseases, and other blood ailments, you will also find out your Rh factor, blood type, and cross-compatibility. This is a great benefit and you should carry this card on you at all times.

There are two types of donors in Puerto Vallarta; those who give for a specific person; you must give the blood bank this information to assure the blood is delivered promptly and properly. The other is altruistic; this means you are giving to whomever needs it; you will also bank a supply of your own. The Blood bank in Puerto Vallarta is located at San Javier Hospital and open from 8 am – 3 pm, Monday through Saturday.

It’s interesting to note that Health Institutes have done extensive studies on blood donors. They conclude that people in this category display not simply altruism but kinship and egalitarian warm-glow.

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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!  (Opinions expressed are his own…)


About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole

The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies.  Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.

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