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Randal Covin

The Blood Bank of Hawaii's medical director hopes new rules will encourage more donations

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 04, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">The Blood Bank of Hawaii is not at the forefront of changes that make it easier for people to donate blood, and that's by design.</span></p>
<p>Medical Director Dr. Randal Covin describes the center as &quot;very conservative&quot; in its approach, with the safety of blood donors and the patients who receive their lifesaving gifts of foremost concern. So the new donor eligibility rules that took effect Tuesday are a milestone, coming after a decade of scientific research showing that it's safe for some people who previously were deferred to roll up their sleeves and contribute. This includes many former cardiac, cancer and respiratory patients, and people with certain tattoos and piercings.</p>
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The Blood Bank of Hawaii is not at the forefront of changes that make it easier for people to donate blood, and that's by design.

Medical Director Dr. Randal Covin describes the center as "very conservative" in its approach, with the safety of blood donors and the patients who receive their lifesaving gifts of foremost concern. So the new donor eligibility rules that took effect Tuesday are a milestone, coming after a decade of scientific research showing that it's safe for some people who previously were deferred to roll up their sleeves and contribute. This includes many former cardiac, cancer and respiratory patients, and people with certain tattoos and piercings. Login for more...



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