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Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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Can someone donate blood stem cells?

Can someone donate blood stem cells?

Not Really: Adult stem cells are only good for that individual only. Stem cells from other people can cause an immune response to reject the cells and can cause major harm to the body. ...Read more

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How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

Apheresis: Abc (aka apheresis) uses a highly sophisticated separation/filtration process to allow specific blood components to be collected (like platelets, plasma, red blood cells) from a donor while returning the un-needed components. Whole blood donation, as its name suggests, collects all blood component parts, which will be later separated and used to care for up to 4 patients from 1 donation. ...Read more

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Does leukocytosis get transferred through blood transfusions?

Does leukocytosis get  transferred through blood transfusions?

No: Leukocytosis means an elevated white blood cell count. Such a finding most often suggests inflammation or infection. The most usual form of blood transfusion involves giving packed red blood cells. That in & of itself would not cause a leukocytosis. In addition, modern blood banking & transfusion practices ensure sterility of the blood product. ...Read more

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How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

IV bag: Blood is collected by IV into a specialized, sealed, sterile plastic bag containing an anti-coagulant. It is then refrigerated (after blood typing and testing for infections) until needed. The shelf life is 21-35 days depending on the preservative used (anti-coagulant). ...Read more

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Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Where can I donatel blood platelets?

Red Cross!: First, THANK YOU! for donating platelets. You can telephone your local red cross to find out where a donation center with apheresis capability is located. ...Read more

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In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

Not recommended: Red Cross and many facilities in US will not accept products from pay-for-donate locations. This is due to the concern that a potential donor might not be totally honest in the history questions if seeking $$ and this could contaminate the blood supply. Volunteer donors have no motivation to not provide direct answers. ...Read more

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Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Would a blood transfusion affect immunity?

Yes: Transfusion-associated immuno-modulation (TRIM) is independent of whether the blood is allogenic, autogenic, or leukodepleted. This has been described since 1973, seen in the improved graft survival in kidney transplant in transfused patients. Some effects include down-regulation of the immune function by decreasing cytokine production, and an increase in T suppressor cell number and function. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

How long ago?: This depends on how long ago you had malaria and whether or not you were adequately treated. If you have traveled to a region known to harbor malaria, you are deferred for 1 year. If you lived there or have been diagnosed with malaria, you are deferred for 3 years adn must remain symptom free. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/blood_banks.html. ...Read more

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Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Is packed cell blood transfusion help for thalassemia patient?

Thalasemia: If indicated -i.e. Significant symptomatic anemia - blood transfusion is given to patient with thalassemia major. Iron cheating agents should be considered if one receives multiple blood transfusion . Pls discuss further in detail with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Of course...: Everything human will have mistakes. So, the answer to the question, "Do people make mistakes?", is always yes. The real question is, "How likely would a mistake be in this particular situation?" Fortunately, blood banks rarely make mistakes, because they use multiple safeguards, and they know a mistake can be fatal. ...Read more

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Place to donate blood for ovarian cancer victim?

Place to donate blood for ovarian cancer victim?

Red Cross &CBC: Red cross and community blood centers collect blood and provide it to hospitals. It is generally not recommended to place restrictions on who may receive the blood you donate. ...Read more

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Can the anticoagulant in one's plasma build up following blood donation?

Can the anticoagulant in one's plasma build up following blood donation?

Anticoagulant: It is unlikely one would be able to donate often enough to build up anticoagulant from donating plasma. ...Read more

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Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

They should.: Donors are usually notified if the blood they gave is positive for a disease, like hepatitis b surface antigen, antibody to hepatitis c, antibody to hiv, usually subtypes 1 and 2, and serologic test for syphilis as recommended by the world health organization. Blood is also tested for diseases, like stds. Donated blood that is positive is discarded unless it is autologous as that is given back. ...Read more

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Can bilirubin from a donors blood affect the recepient?

Can bilirubin from a donors blood affect the recepient?

Not tested: Bilirubin is normal in every person and should not affect the recipient of blood transfusions. Bilirubin levels may be elevated due to underlying disease process, in which case the potential donor should have signs and symptoms making him or her ineligible for donation during the medical screen and physical exam before donation. ...Read more

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

Evaluation: Combination of clinical examination ( listen to complaints, examining the patients etc) , blood works , and imaging study ( like cxr) are used to check transfusion reaction. ...Read more

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Could blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

Could blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

Confused?: A patient needs a transfusion when their hemoglobin is very low. It can happen in cancer patients for many reasons but they don't get blood just because they have cancer. ...Read more

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Are blood transfusions safe?

Are blood transfusions safe?

Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, and physically examined. Then the blood removed is tested for all types of infectious disease agents including hepatitis and hiv. The unit is then processed, stored under strict federal guidelines, and tested again before you receive the unit. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Theoretically: Yes... But it's not recommended. It would require desensitization protocols, plasmapheresis, metc, if incompatible. Compatible donor to recipient pairs don't require these protocols. ...Read more

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Can a brucellosis affected person donate blood?

Can a brucellosis affected person donate blood?

Get better first: Brucellosis has been transmitted by blood transfusion but only, so far as we know, from someone who is still sick with it. One recommendation is a two-year deferral after symptoms resolve with antibiotic treatment; i think that is excessive. The blood bank's medical director will decide. I am pleased that you wish to donate blood. ...Read more