Can I Donate Blood if I Have CKD?

Jan 4, 2021

Becoming a Blood Donor With CKD

Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood to help recover from surgery, cancer treatments, and traumatic injuries. With such a high demand for blood donation, you may wonder why more people don’t sign up to give blood. The truth is, less than 38% of American adults are eligible to donate blood. Here’s what you need to know about donating blood if you live with CKD.

General Eligibility to Donate Blood

When it comes to blood donation, there are two main considerations. First, will the donor’s health be at risk from to donation? Second, is the donated blood safe for the person who needs it?


Generally, those who wish to donate blood must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently in good health
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be at least 5’4” tall
  • Weigh at least 110lbs
  • Have photo identification

Considerations for donors who live with CKD

While having chronic kidney disease alone doesn’t exclude you from being able to donate blood, there are certain conditions that may make blood donation a risk to your health, including:

  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic nephritis
  • Have had a kidney transplant
  • Are on dialysis
  • Using erythropoietin or similar drugs
  • Have renal colic, kidney or bladder stones
  • Interstitial cystitis

Donating blood is an important and wonderful gift. However, before donating, ask your kidney doctor for his/her advice. If blood donation isn’t right for you, find other ways to help such as donating your time or money to your local branch of the American Red Cross.

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