Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E08-05
LifeSource Blood Program
Issue Date:12 July 2004Effective Date:13 July 2004
Index Category:Outside Organization Programs
This directive continues the Department’s participation in a blood program coordinated by LifeSource, a joint venture established by the Blood Center of Northern Illinois and the American Red Cross.
II.General Information
  • A.The LifeSource blood program provides blood unit donations to approximately 160 hospitals and healthcare agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.
  • B.The blood program will be administered and supervised by the Special Activities Section. A chairman will be appointed to represent the Special Activities Section and work with LifeSource to coordinate the program.
  • C.Every donor will be tested and required to answer certain preliminary questions before donating. Employees and retirees in doubt about their eligibility to donate may contact the Special Activities Section, LifeSource, or their personal physician for assistance.
  • D.Blood may be donated at one of the scheduled Blood Drive locations or one of the permanent LifeSource Donor Center locations.
    • 1.LifeSource will sponsor blood drive visits in various police facilities. The blood drive visits will be scheduled at regular preannounced intervals. Employees and retirees may contact the Special Activities Section for information.
    • 2.Donations may also be made at permanent facilities by calling LifeSource at 1-877-LIFSOURCE for information on times, locations, and appointments.
  • E.The entire procedure lasts approximately one hour. The actual blood donation lasts about seven minutes. The remaining time is needed to take the donor’s medical history, temperature, blood pressure, and hemoglobin test. Light refreshments will be served.
  • F.Donors will be required to show some form of personal identification when they make a blood donation, e.g., drivers license, state I.D., voter’s registration card, passport, military I.D.
III.Donor Eligibility Requirements
  • A.LifeSource personnel will be solely responsible for determining whether or not potential donors are eligible, consistent with the following guidelines:
  • B.The donor must be at least sixteen years of age.
    Donors under sixteen years of age will require parental permission to donate blood.
  • C.A donor may donate every eight weeks or fifty-six days, but no more than six times within a period of twelve months.
  • D.Generally, the minimum acceptable body weight for blood donation is 110 pounds.
  • E.Donors with a history of a heart condition, hepatitis or other communicable disease, or a malignancy (except skin cancer) are not accepted.
  • F.Donors are excluded (temporarily deferred) during pregnancy and for six weeks after delivery, abortion, or miscarriage.
  • G.Donors who have previously been deferred for any reason may try again at a later time. In many cases, they will be eligible.
Philip J. Cline
Superintendent of Police
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