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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

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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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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Who cannot donate blood?

Who cannot donate blood?

See Red Cross page: There are a few basic and many specific rules for blood donors--these pre-screen the blood supply as a first step in keeping our nation's blood supply as safe as possible. For more information, please visit: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements. ...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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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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Who can't donate blood?

Who can't donate blood?

American Red Cross: states one should not donate blood if they have had: previous/ current cancer, Hx of Hepatitis C or B, HIV infection or high risk for getting infected, IV/oral drug abuse, autoimmune diseases (XLE, RA, Thyrotoxicosis), some serious chronic illnesses (cardiac/ pulmonary). REF: http://www.americanredcrossblood.org/faq.html ...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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Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Everyone should!: Aren't you really asking whether motorcycles are so dangerous that the consideration of end of life issues is appropriate? Truthfully, we should all think about the unpleasant topic of our own death, and what we prefer to happen with our own body. Motorcycle owners and all others can best celebrate their own lives by saving the lives of others through organ/tissue donation. ...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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Who can donate platelets via apheresis?

Who can donate platelets via apheresis?

Platelet Donation: A platelet donor using apheresis must meet requirements for a regular blood donor and: 1) be at least 16 years old 2) be in good health 3) weigh at least 110 pounds 4) have a good vein 5) refrain from taking aspirin, or products containing Aspirin or feldene, (piroxicam) for 48 hours prior to donating. Always check with your local blood donation center first before going to donate. ...Read more

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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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Can a diabetic patient donate blood?

Can a diabetic patient donate blood?

Yes: As long as well managed and stable, so that aspect will not be a problem. If on oral hypoglycemic, (like glyburide), better to donate early in day and take med late so it does not cause potential problem for recipient. Should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is donating plasma and donating platelets the same thing? Please advise!

Is donating plasma and donating platelets the same thing? Please advise!

No: Platelets are the small, toothpick-looking components floating in blood plasma that help stop bleeding. Plasma is the golden appearing liquid that carries the blood cells and platelets throughout the body. Both are collected similarly in pheresis, where needed component is kept and other parts of blood are returned, but they are seeking different parts of the blood. ...Read more

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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

Depends: Some are based on a combination of blood and tissue typing others are based primarily on tissue typing. Size of the individual's is also matched especially for pediatric patients. ...Read more

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Do they pick a match or the right donor for a pbsc (peripheral blood stem cell) donation?

Do they pick a match or the right donor for a pbsc (peripheral blood stem cell) donation?

Yes: A person may donate peripheral blood stem cells, that can be stored frozen. The donor and recipient are matched to ensure compatibility. ...Read more

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Who pays for or, surgeon, transport if organ donation?

Who pays for or, surgeon, transport if organ donation?

Recipient: I am assuming you mean who pays if you are the live donor. All of those costs are billed to the insurance of the person who receives the organ. ...Read more