Children on Clinics IBTS Policy - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Children on Clinics IBTS Policy

Children are the donors of the future and are welcome on clinic.

There are specific health & safety risks associated with a blood donation clinic environment. Therefore, this policy is to safeguard the welfare of donors and children that attend clinic.

At all times, responsibility for children (who are less than 18 years of age) on clinic remains with a parent or designated adult guardian (who must be at least 18 years of age).

For the purpose of maintaining confidentiality, children of any age are not permitted at the Registration, Hb testing or Interview stations and for health and safety reasons, are not permitted in the donation area. Children must remain seated and supervised by an adult at all times.

Due to the potential risk of a donor experiencing an adverse reaction during or after donating, a donating adult cannot be the sole supervisor of any child who is under 13 years of age. Please ensure that there is another adult designated to supervise any child who is less than 13 years of age during each part of the donation process.

During clinic hours, the Clinical Nurse manager (CNM) is responsible for running and managing the clinic. Any behaviour that impacts on the safe operation of a clinic cannot be permitted.

Thank you for attending today. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.