Blood donors required to show ID starting February 1st

By Ryne Turke on January 28, 2016 at 8:49am

Starting next month, giving blood in Illinois will become more tech savvy.

Mindy Melton from the Central Illinois Community Blood Center stopped the WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” studio this week. Melton says electronic tablets will be introduced soon, making the process much faster.

“It is going to allow for you to do all your questions on the tablet. It is touch screen, it walks you through the process, you register on the tablet and everything is there at your finger tips. There is no more paper to read. That is going to start February 1st.”

Melton says the new system will require donors to show a photo ID during each visit.

“We’re going to take photos and they will be saved in our data base so we can better identify our donors. These new systems will make it much easier. For example, if you have traveled, the next screen will show you where you have traveled. This is going to save on any errors made and follow up calls we have made in the past.”

Melton says the photo ID is in line with the new FDA requirements coming soon. Melton hopes to have photos on donor cards in the near future.