United States Department Of Health And Human Services

1360 WordsApr 9, 20176 Pages
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has a pattern blood donation policies that is important to consider when evaluating their current policies. In the 1980s there was a lifetime ban on Haitians donating blood. There are notable parallels between the current MSM policy and the Haitian policy of the 80s. First, the high risk grouping was based on identity rather than behaviors. The policies were both based on assumption of high risk and stereotyping based on sexuality or race. Another shortcoming of the CDC has been the lack of representation of individuals who will be impacted by the policies. In both cases, Haitians and MSM have not been included in governing bodies that make these decisions. Finally, both policies…show more content…
Still others are noncompliant because they believe the policy is discriminatory. In a 2015 study, intentionally noncompliant donors indicated on the survey that they would be more likely to comply with a policy that they found more fair. (Custer et al.) A policy that requires more communication between medical professionals and donors and is rid of discrimination will result in greater compliance with the policy, increasing safety. Meeting the demand for blood in the United States is no small feat. Every two seconds someone is in need of blood in the United States and 36,000 units of red blood cell each day. Furthermore, there are many reasons that a person may not be able to donate blood, resulting in only 38% of the population being eligible to donate blood. (“Blood Facts”) Therefore, a policy that allows more people to donate blood is intuitive. This demand is even greater during mass injury situations. After the Orland Massacre in 2016, there was an immediate need for more blood than was available. Many victims of the attack wished to donate blood to help their injured friends and partners. There was no flexibility within the policy that allowed this to happen. This lead to public outcry. Donating blood is often characterized as an altruistic act, but it is also a way for victims of a disaster to feel in control and useful. That comfort was not afforded to the victims in Orlando. Many people
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