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How long should I wait after having sepsis before donating blood

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Feel full strength: When you feel strong enough, essentially. If you had anemia associated with your episode of sepsis, you may need to wait several weeks or months befo... Read More
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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No set answer: Certainly you want to feel completely well before donating blood. I would think a month period of waiting after you are well would be reasonable, but ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Two days!: Minimum time to increase plasma volume which determines cardiac output. However, your bloods oxygen carrying capacity will be diminshed for several w... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Usually next day OK: The phlebotomist / nurse will instruct you as you are being bandaged at the end of the process to avoid tobacco for a few hours, alcohol for the day, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Should be able to: When you go to donate, you will have i fill out paperwork and a questionnaire. If you pass, you can donate blood.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Winget
Dentistry 19 years experience
Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 20 years experience
No: The needles used for finger pricks are single use disposable needles. A formally set up blood drive would be following universal precautions and safe... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
Blood donation: Donating blood has nothing to do with your weight.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
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Happens: a blood vessel leaked after your donation. Not to worry, just apply heat and it will resolve. Thanks for giving blood!

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