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Acceptability at Recruitment


Acceptability at CT / Work-Up


Individual at Risk


Explanation of Condition

High blood pressure.



Controlled with medication.

Patients taking ACE Inhibitors for BM only unless 24-72 hour washout period is considered safe for the donor. This is due to an increased risk of atypical reaction during apheresis.


Hypertension is under investigation;

Medication has been commenced or changed within the last four weeks;

Donor is feeling faint or giddy from medication;

There is evidence of heart failure or renal failure;

A threshold of 150/95 is set at donor workup, which equates to stage 2 hypertension. Above this leve the donor should be deferred and the hypertension investigated. High blood pressure readings at work-up should be repeated at least twice on the same occasion.

If a donor has persistently raised readings, this should be repeated on a separate occasion by a GP or other healthcare professional. If the blood pressure is then found to be within acceptable limits, the donor may be cleared to donate. Otherwise they should be temporarily deferred until the hypertension has been managed and treatment instigated if necessary.

Pseudonyms or Related Conditions

High blood pressure Blood pressure


Version 1, Edition 2

Date of Last Update

1 June 2016