Hematocrit Deferral Letter
Thank you for volunteering to donate blood today. We are gratefull for your support of this vital community activity. We were unable to collect your blood because your red blood cell count (hematocrit) was lower than what is required for donation. The following information may answer some of your questions.
The hematocrit is the percent of a person's blood made up of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. The hematocrit must be at least 38 percent for a person to be accepted as a whole blood donor.
Your hematocrit today was 36 percent.
Although your hematocrit level was below what we normally accept fora blood donation, your level is not necessarily abnormal. Most men have a hematocrit above 38 percent, but many women naturally have a lower hematocrit level. The Red Cross requires donors to have a hematocrit above 38 percent because we want to make sure that all of our donors have enough red blood cells to donate safely.
An abnormally low hematocrit - also called anemia - can develop when a person either does not make enough red blood cells or loses blood from the body. The most common cause of mild anemia in healthy people -- particularly women -- is a low level of iron which is needed to make red blood cells. Frequent blood donation and monthly blood loss in premenopausal women can both contribute to a low iron level. If your low hematocrit is due to low iron, you can replenish the supply by increasing your intake of high iron foods or supplements. Please see the list of iron rich foods provided on the back of this letter. Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, broccoli and tomatoes, helps your body absorb the iron that you eat. Also, iron is often included in multiple vitamin tablets.
If this is the first time you have been deferred for a low hematocrit, or if you have been able to give blood in the past, please come back and try to donate at a future blood drive unless your physician gives you other advice. We encourage you to eat a well balanced diet that includes plenty of iron rich foods for the next two months, then come in and try to donate. We will recheck your hematocrit at that time.
Should you see your physician? If you have not been feeling well, have a family history of anemia, or have any remaining questions or concerns, you may want to see your personal physician. Also, if your hematocrit level is very low -- less than 36 percent for men, less than 34 percent for postmenopausal women, or less than 30 percent for premenopausal women -- we think you should tell your personal doctor about this test. Your low hematocrit level may reflect an ongoing illness.
Although you are temporarily unable to donate blood for use by others, you may still donate blood for you own use if this becomes necessary. Unless you have recieved advice from your doctor to stop donating blood, we hope to see you at a blood drive again in a few months. Thank you for supporting our blood donor program.
If you have any questions or concerns about the reason you were deferred, please ask to speak to the site supervisor, or contact...
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Increase Your Intake of HIGH IRON FOODS [emphasis theirs :) ]
The Unite States Department of Agriculture recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for iron varies with age and sex. FOr most males of eligible by age to be blood donors and for postmenopausal females, it is 10 mg per day. Premonopausal fmelaes should ingest 15 mg of iron per day. It is a good idea to read the Nutrition Facts Label of all the foods you eat and calculate how much iron is in your diet. Foods that are good to eat to increase the amount of iron in your diet are lsited below.
- Liver, beef, pork, poultry, and fish are all excellent sources of dietary iron. These foods contain heme iron, which is readily absorbed by the body.
- Shellfish, such as shrimp, vlams, mussels, and oysters are also good sources of iron.
- If you do not eat meat or fish, other foods with high iron content include:
- iron fortified cereals
- beans or legumes - especially kidney beans, pinto beans, and chickpeas
- vegetables - such as peas, spinach, and lentils
- fruits - especially apricots and raisans
- enriched and whole grain breads, and
- Absorption of iron from any of the sources above can be improved by eating vitamin C-rich foods at the same meal. Vitamin C rich foods include orange juice, grapefruit, cantaloupe, green peppers and tomatoes.
- If you don't eat meat, fish, or poultry, avoid drinking tea with meals. Tea contains tannins which will decrease the absorption of iron. Legumes (peas or beans, for example) also contain compounds that decrease the absorption of iron. Vegetarians should eat those foods with a source of vitamin C.
That should be interesting to read. I typed it out while reading the paper and barely looking at the keyboard at all. I only went back and corrected mistakes if i could obviously feel my fingers hitting the keyboard wrong :)
Speaking of grammar, i'm pretty sure that when you list a list of things you're not supposed to put a comma between the last two things in the list. X, Y and Z. Not X, Y, and Z. They mostly included the bad comma, but in at least one case _did_ skip it :)