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Blood bank relaxes donor criteria

Those who want to donate will find restrictions eased to increase donations

By Rob Shikina

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2014

~~<p>The Blood Bank of Hawaii is relaxing its eligibility guidelines and adopting a friendlier questionnaire on Tuesday, some of the broadest changes by the state's only blood center in more than a decade, to enlarge its donor pool and attract younger donors.</p>
<p>&quot;We have changed our concept,&quot; said Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen, president and chief executive officer of the blood bank. &quot;In the past, we were so conservative that we were almost treating donors like patients and we were trying to be their nurses and their doctors. We understand that that's not really our role.&quot;</p>
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The Blood Bank of Hawaii is relaxing its eligibility guidelines and adopting a friendlier questionnaire on Tuesday, some of the broadest changes by the state's only blood center in more than a decade, to enlarge its donor pool and attract younger donors.

"We have changed our concept," said Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen, president and chief executive officer of the blood bank. "In the past, we were so conservative that we were almost treating donors like patients and we were trying to be their nurses and their doctors. We understand that that's not really our role." Login for more...



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