Blood donation

Departments Blood donation

Dear Blood Donors!

According to the guidelines of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, voluntary blood donation campaigns are crucial to ensure sufficient blood supply and ensure the functioning of health care continue to be regularly maintained at the highest hygiene standard. With strict adherence to the measure of personal distance between persons at least 1 meter, and preferably 2 meters of personal distance to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection during the course of actions.

Please respond to the donation events when you receive a call for blood donation because blood is a medicine that is still necessary in these times to treat our sick fellow citizens.

Thanks to all the blood donors!

Voluntary blood donation Events

May 2020









13 – 18




12 – 16




9 – 14


Quick Access


Tel. 01/5582-125

Fax: 01/3770-681



Ankica Jakunić – email:

Luka Jalžabetić – email:

Nada Kubić – email:


Drop by drop from 1923 to the today

On February 26, 1923, the first blood transfusion was performed at the Gynecological Clinic of Peter’s Clinic for Women’s Diseases and Births at the highest risk for the recipient because it was performed without determining the blood type. Unfortunately, the outcome and participants of this major event are unknown to us.


Just one year later, in 1924, a blood transfusion was performed at the same clinic with blood group determination, which is far greater certainty for the recipient.

The year 1925 is of great importance in the history of this branch of medicine, but also in the activities of the Red Cross, because from that year we are given information about the first blood donors by name and surname.

Since 1925, the number of blood transfusions has been increasing year by year.

Until 1953, there was no organized voluntary blood donation in Croatia, it all came down to family, friendly and paid blood donations.

The founder and promoter of blood donation campaigns in Croatia is the Croatian Red Cross. The first organized blood donation action was held on October 25, 1953 in the Sisak Ironworks, organized by the Croatian Red Cross. This was followed by an action at the Franck factory in Zagreb, which took place on November 2 of the same year, which started the organized collection or donation of blood.

Today, blood donation campaigns are being organized by 110 Red Cross municipal and city societies throughout Croatia. As in the beginning, the basic principles of blood donation are: voluntariness, anonymity, solidarity and gratuity.

You are currently browsing the City of Zagreb Red Cross site, and we invite you to write with us about the present and future of blood donation in our organization, which your children will read as history.

Report to the Zagreb Red Cross and write history together.

From decision to donation

As defined by the International Association of Transfusiologists (ISBN), the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Council of Europe, which is accepted in all countries of the world:


A voluntary blood donor is a person who donates blood, plasma or cellular components of his / her own free will and receives no compensation, either monetary or in a way that can be considered a substitute for money. Humble memories (gifts) and refreshments after blood donation are acceptable for voluntary blood donation.
A voluntary blood donor is an indirect, active participant in the treatment of patients, that is, an active link between a healthy part of society and patients.
A voluntary blood donor may be any healthy person from 18 to 65 years of age (in exceptional cases up to 70 years), body weight proportional to height (minimum 55 kilograms), unless the systolic blood pressure is below 100mm / Hg and does not exceed 180mm / Hg. and the diastolic must not be below 60mm / Hg or above 110mm / Hg. A person’s pulse rate should not be less than 50 nor higher than 100 beats per minute, and body temperature should not exceed 37 ° C.

If you meet all these criteria, you can try donating blood.

When you have decided that you want to donate blood, report to the Red Cross or see a list of actions where you can donate blood.

When you come for a blood donation action, bring your ID, driver’s license or passport and just be brave! First, a hematologist will be waiting to see if you have enough iron in your blood. If you have, follow the medical examination. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and heart rate and have a brief interview with you, which is important to assess your health.

When you’ve been through it, a Red Cross staff member will enter you into the database, give you a small token of appreciation, and you finally reach the most important part that made you come.
You will be placed on a bed where a technician will insert a needle into your blood vessel, thus starting a blood donation process that takes 7 to 10 minutes.

By the end of the procedure, you will donate 450 ml of blood and thus have become a voluntary blood donor, a member of many Families in the Republic of Croatia and worldwide. Congratulations!

Reasons for temporary refusal to donate blood

There are many reasons why a person may be temporarily denied a blood donation and it is not possible to list them all so we will introduce you to some, the most common


decreased hemoglobin
high or low blood pressure
minor acute illnesses (colds)
women during menstruation or breastfeeding,
intoxicated state
after receiving the transfusion
after surgery

However, the decision whether or not to donate blood is made by a doctor who will examine you and ask you important questions.

Answer some more questions

Men may donate blood every 3 months, while women may donate blood every 4 months. By donating blood, you cannot contract AIDS or other infectious diseases. The blood donation process does not endanger your life because the blood collection material is completely disposable. The process of donating blood will not develop addiction.

Before donating, it is important that you eat and drink plenty of fluid, which you must take after the blood donation to make up for lost fluid from the body.

Rights and benefits for blood donors
  • An employee on the basis of a blood donation shall be entitled to one paid day off, which he shall use on the day of the gift, unless otherwise provided by a collective agreement, an agreement concluded between the works council and the employer or an employment contract. Labor Law (consolidated text) Art. st.6. (NN93 / 14). This right is more favorably addressed in certain collective agreements under which the worker is entitled to two days of paid leave for each blood donation.
    Funds for the supplementary health insurance premium provided by the Institute are provided in the state budget for insured persons:

    3. insured persons of voluntary blood donors with more than 35 donations (male) or more than 25 donations (female). Law on voluntary health insurance NN (85 / 06,150 / 80, 70/10)
    You can get a confirmation of the above at a blood donation campaign

    The Social Welfare Decision found that ZET volunteers were entitled to a free ZET annual ID card, namely men who gave blood thirty or more times and women who donated blood twenty or more times if they did not exercise it. on another basis.
    Request a certificate from the Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine, Petrova 3

Special Thanks
  • To those who gave blood…

    200 times:

    Silvijo Puljčan

    125 times:

    Zdravko Kučinić

    Ivan Petković

    100 times:

    Antun Dravinski

    Stjepan Fuček

    Branko Juratovac

    Miljenko Posilović

    Vjekoslav Račić

    Vinko Razum

    Ivan Reščić

    Nikola Štokan

    Branko Zeman

    Sulejman Zukić

    75 times:

    Alfred Antonovski

    Đuro Arlović

    Šimo Barišić

    Željko Čep

    Zvonko Čukelj

    Mladen Erić

    Stjepan Jašek

    Ivica Kuzmić

    Robert Leljak

    Ivan Marinić

    Damir Negovec

    Stjepan Pozderac

    Dražen Škofljanec

    55 times:

    Gordana Čakarun

    Radinka Glavan

    50 times:

    Tomica Antolić

    Marinko Azinović

    Branko Bartolić

    Ilija Brkić

    Željko Bubanko

    Damir Celčić

    Ivica Ceronja

    Enes Crnkić

    Dražen Dominić

    Franjo Dutković

    Zvonimir Grgić

    Ivan Grubec

    Belizar Hotko

    Nenad Išek

    Stjepan Jagušt

    Damir Koščević

    Zoran Ležaić

    Goran Lončar

    Lovro Martinić

    Miro Matijević

    Dragutin Miholić

    Domagoj Milinković

    Kristijan Modrić

    Rajko Mort

    Alen Octenjak

    Nenad Pajić

    Mirko Radić

    Zlatko Salaj

    Renato Severec

    Boris Šabarić

    Marko Šupe

    Mladen Telešman

    Rober Varga

    Darko Vlašić

    Branko Vlašić

    Božidar Vužić

    35 times

    Sanda Agnić

    Vlasta Debanić

    Zvjezdana Đuranek

    Dragica Filipović

    Danijela Gojak

    Nadica Herjavić

    Željka Ilijašev

    Iva Kračun

    Mirjana Levatić

    Eugenija Marušić

    Marina Matutinović

    Sanja Projić

    Barica Rapljenović

    Biserka Šmerda

Blood donation events in:

High schools
Often times, a person decides to donate blood for the first time precisely while attending high school. People who donate blood for the first time are called First Donors and there are about 1000 of them every year in Zagreb. We sincerely thank each school, principal and commissioner of the Red Cross for helping us raise young people during their personal education and to make them aware of the need for blood donation and helping others in the most difficult situations. We wish every first-time donor that blood can be donated for the rest of their lives, because it means that they will always be part of a healthy population and able to help others.

Schools where blood donations are held:


Geodetska tehnička škola
Gimnazija Lucijana Vranjanina
Gimnazija Tituša Brezovačkog
Gornjogradska gimnazija
Graditeljska tehnička škola
I gimnazija
I. tehnička škola Tesla
II ekonomska škola
III gimanzija
IV gimnazija
IX gimnazija
Klasična gimnazija
Policijska akademija
Poštanska i telekomunikacijska škola
Prirodoslovna škola Vladimira Preloga
Prva ekonomska škola
Strojarska škola Frana Bošnjakovića
Škola za cestovni promet
Škola za medicinske sestre Mlinarska
Škola za medicinske sestre Vinogradska
Škola za medicinske sestre Vrapče
Škola za primalje
Športska gimnazija
Tehnička škola Ruđera Boškovića
Tehnička škola Zagreb
Upravna škola Zagreb
V gimnazija
X gimnazija „Ivan Supek“
XIII gimnazija
XVI gimnazija
XVIII gimnazija
Zdravstveno učilište Zagreb II Gimnazija

Higher education institutions

After performing in high schools, our donors often continue their path in humanity during their studies. It is at colleges that we meet again the first-timers we met in high school. We hope that all of them will continue their blood donation journey in their work organizations or in our premises. We will always strive to make every gift a nice experience and we will be an incentive and a support in your path.
If you are studying at a college that is not involved in blood donation campaigns, feel free to contact us.

Faculties where blood donation campaigns are organized:


Kineziološki fakultet
Tehničko veleučilište Zagreb
Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva

Work organizations

After donating blood in high school and college, we continue our good tradition in our work environment. We would like to thank the administrations of these organizations, the organizers of actions in them without which we would not be able to organize the actions, and most of all we thank every donor, but also the persons who try to donate blood, because blood is once the only cure!

Working organizations where blood donation activities are organized:

Ericcson Nikola Tesla
Gradska plinara Zagreb
Hrvatska elektroprivreda
Hrvatska lutrija
Hrvatska Narodna banka
Hrvatska pošta
Hrvatska radio televizija
Hrvatski telekom
Hrvatski zavod za mirovinsko osiguranje
Ina poslovna zgrada
Klinički bolnički centar Sestre milosrdnice
Končar distributivni transformatori
Končar električna vozila
Končar energetski transformatori
Končar mjerni transformatori
Općinski građanski sud
Privredna banka Zagreb
Psihijatrijska bolnica Vrapče
Remontni zavod
Zagrebačka banka
Zagrebački električni tramvaj

Red Cross

In our offices, blood can be donated once a month, except in Sesvete, where actions are held every two months. If you could not donate blood in your work organization, or there are no organized actions in it, come to our premises or contact us to organize actions with you.


Red Cross spaces where you can visit us:

Crveni križ Zagreba, Ilica 223
Crveni križ Zagreba, Siget 18a (Super Andrija)
Udruženje obrtnika Sesvete, Ninska 11c, Sesvete