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Dr. Stephen Berns
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Blood Banks (Overview)

Blood banks are facilities that store and manage donated blood.


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How blood banks work.?

How blood banks work.?

Very well: Blood banks are highly certified. They take your blood, screen you by questions and then do multiply tests on the blood to insure safety. They store the blood, process the blood and use blood in many ways to provide the blood and blood products needed by hospitals nationwide to save llives by the minute. Give and give often. It's the gift of life! ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Berns
111 doctors shared insights

Blood Banks (Overview)

Blood banks are facilities that store and manage donated blood.


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What do blood banks actually do?

What do blood banks actually do?

Collect, test, share: Blood banks will collect blood from volunteer donors. They then test the blood for numerous infectious disease. Then they distribute blood to needed facilities (ie, hospitals). They will also store blood. They communicate their inventory, especially of rare blood types. They are also available for special testing in certain blood disorders. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
Once
Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
Once
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Do blood banks share information with one another?

Do blood banks share information with one another?

What kind of info?: Could you please be more specific? Thank you. It take a vast amount of information to run a blood bank. There is very little room for error and blood banks are highly regulated. ...Read more

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What rules do blood banks follow to lower the risk of aids?

What rules do blood banks follow to lower the risk of aids?

They are rigorous: Blood banks have become very stringent nowadays. Donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use. Screening includes HIV and viral hepatitis. The donor must also answer questions about medical history and take a short physical examination to make sure the donation is not hazard. Even today, if your homosexual you can not give blood if thats disclosed. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
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Why do all blood banks seem to need o negative blood?

Why do all blood banks seem to need o negative blood?

Because it is good: O negative is arelatively uncommon blood type and is the "universal donor" this blood can be safely given to anyone in an emergency. Therefore it is highly sought after. ...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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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
Once
Follow up with your treating physician
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What private cord blood banks do you recommend?

What private cord blood banks do you recommend?

Cord blood banking: Cord blood contains stem cells which can be useful for transplantation into the infant or fully matched family member in the event of certain illnesses, mostly uncommon ones. The process is quite expensive and controversial. Benefit may be present if a known family member has a history of one of the diseases for which stem cell transplant is a possibility. The AAP maintains a cautious stance. ...Read more

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What measures do blood banks take for the prevention of aids?

What measures do blood banks take for the prevention of aids?

Very conservative: Blood banks have become very stringent nowadays. Donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use. Screening includes HIV and viral hepatitis. The donor must also answer questions about medical history and take a short physical examination to make sure the donation is not hazard. Immunosorbent assays and ever pcr are employed. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
once
See your doctor to evaluate cause
Once
Have meds adjusted if needed
Once
Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Is it ethical/legal for blood banks to cite fictional patient cases in an attempt to get donations? ie, "A dialysis patient needs your blood type..."

Probably not, but...: How do you know they are fictional? I don't think any false advertisement is ethical, but there is definitely a need for blood donors for everyone from cancer patients to dialysis patients to trauma patients. So thanks for donating! ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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Why is HIV PCR used to test blood at blood banks, babies and acute HIV symps but not as a diagnosis? Other than cost and false positive what could be the reason that some docs don't trust it? Thanks

Why is HIV PCR used to test blood at blood banks, babies and acute HIV symps but not as a diagnosis? Other than cost and false positive what could be the reason that some docs don't trust it? Thanks

PCR is a ..: ..complex test, & more technically difficult to perform accurately than the antibody tests. Because PCR detects viral-RNA (proteins within the HIV virus) it is positive early in the course of infection & is used to try to confirm/exclude HIV as a diagnosis for a set of symptoms. You are correct that there are more false positives with PCR than with antibody tests. Antibody tests are gold standard ...Read more

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How long can human blood be stored a blood bank?

How long can human blood be stored a blood bank?

45 days: The current procedures allow red blood cells to be stored for 45 days. Platelets can be stored for only 5-7 days depending on the storage solution. Plasma can be stored frozen for a year. Red cells can also be stored frozen for up to ten years. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
once
Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
once
If male, schedule a prostate exam
once