(Just kidding, we don’t mean you.)
My place of work seems to have an awful lot of blood drives. Where I hail from, you go to the Red Cross (which is capitalizing on the current vampire craze with the cute “Starve a Vampire. Donate Blood” campaign) to give up your precious bodily fluids. For reasons I don’t understand, that doesn’t work around here; the local blood collection entity is Bonfils Blood Center. Bonfils hasn’t latched on to the vampire angle yet.
So I’m wandering past a bunch of notices at work, and this text catches my eye:
For their own safety, donors using any sort of temporary ambulatory aid including crutches/walking aids, a soft or hard cast, carpel tunnel brace or sling for a recent injury cannot donate until no longer requiring this assistance. Donors using permanent ambulatory aid may be pre-approved to donate by contacting Bonfils’ Donor Relations department at 303.363.2202 or 800.365.0006, opt. 1. Unfortunately, mobile bus programs are unable to accommodate those with walking aides.
“For their own safety”?
I’m inclined to believe that Bonfils has misspelled, “Because we haven’t managed to think this through”. Let’s try to help. I can think of two reasons Bonfils might be leery of potential donors who use mobility aids:
- Inaccessible facilities
- Fear that the mobility aid signals some condition that contraindicates donation
If the former, well, that’s just…illegal. And unfriendly. And unwelcoming.
If the latter, why wouldn’t the normal screening process pinpoint the contraindication?
And who classifies “slings” and “carpel tunnel braces” as “ambulatory aids”, anyway?