Well, well! Additional Wellness Information for Donors is Here!
Since 2007, United Blood Services has performed a “total cholesterol” test on blood donations and provided the confidential results to donors in their Donor Hero History online.
Now, the scope of the wellness information that’s provided has expanded!
Beginning on July 6, 2011, the information donors can access about themselves now includes the following (in addition to cholesterol results):
- Blood Pressure
- Pulse Rate/Regularity
- Body Mass Index
To find this information, go to www.bloodhero.com, login and click the “Wellness” link to see your Donor Hero History. Initially, only data from donations occurring on or after July 5, 2011 will be available. Soon, the past two years of wellness information will be added so that donors may track their wellness information over time.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new wellness information:
I just logged in to my Donor Hero History to see my cholesterol results and there’s a lot more information there about my health. Why?
Each time you give blood, you undergo a “mini physical” to determine whether you are healthy and able to donate that day. Our trained staff members take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse, among other things, as a part of this process. We care about you and your health, and we want to share this additional wellness information with you because it’s important.
How come I can only see results from my most recent donation?
Initially, you’ll only see information from your most recent donation. But eventually, we’ll include the past two years’ worth of wellness information for donors. For example, you’ll be able to track and compare your blood pressure readings during the past year or check your body mass index during the past six months.
Where can I get more information about these wellness categories?
While logged in to your Donor Hero History, you can click on any blue “i” (information link) next to a particular wellness category. This includes definitions of the category, such as Pulse Rate, and links to nationally-known websites like the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.
What should I do if my results are outside of the acceptable ranges?
If you have questions about any of these results, we encourage you to talk with your doctor.
There used to be a grid on the back of the donor card for this information. What happened to that?
For years we had a tiny grid on the back of our donor cards to record only vital signs—not cholesterol or hemoglobin or the rest of the wellness information. If a card was misplaced or thrown out, donors lost this record of their vital signs.
Once the grid was full, donors would request a new card. Providing these results online gives donors reliable and secure access to their information. It's also environmentally smart and helps the blood center control its costs since we're not replacing perfectly good donor cards at every 16th donation.