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Can I donate blood for my preemie if he needs it?

Can I donate blood for my preemie if he needs it?

Often yes: Premature infants often may need a blood transfusion. Sources of blood are banked blood, or donated for your infant. Mom may not be able to donate for several months after delivery due to the loss during delivery, but dad or friends can donate if they have compatible blood. Of note banked blood is statistically safer than directed donation, because family may feel pressure, even if risk factors.

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

How will my preemie benefit from a blood transfusion?

Improves oxygenation: Increasing the number of rbcs will increase blood volume which helps to treat hypotension or shock from blood loss. It also improves oxygen in the blood which will decrease the strain on the heart from anemia and also may decrease various signs of anemia like apnea, slow or fast heart rate, poor weight gain, fatigue during feeding etc.

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I had a very premature baby. I have high blood pressure and was put on medication late in pregnancy/ what are chances of having another preemie?

I had a very premature baby. I have high blood pressure and was put on medication late in pregnancy/ what are chances of having another preemie?

Possible: It is always possible that you will have another premature baby, though remember that all pregnancies are different, even with the same couple, and you are only slightly more likely to have another premature infant. Speak to your obstetrician on the matter before you get pregnant again.

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What precent of pregnancies get preeclampsia, blood clots and stroke? I was a preemie and worry because of that i'm exposed to increase chance

What precent of pregnancies get preeclampsia, blood clots and stroke? I was a preemie and worry because of that i'm exposed to increase chance

Small: Rates of pre-eclampsia are fairly small - around 3-4%. While pre-eclampsia is a risk factor for stroke, actual chance of having a stroke is very small. Available data indicate 11-30 cases of stroke per 100, 000 deliveries. Pre-eclampsia a well-recongnized condition and can be effectively controlled. You should let your doctor know about your concerns and let them follow you closely.

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I had blood transfusions as an infant because i was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

I had blood transfusions as an infant because i was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

Unrelated : Blood transfusions have not been reported or known to cause blood clots however the pregnancy itself is a well known risk factor for blood clots. During pregnancy, risk differs from one woman to another depending on prior history of blood clots or other familial risk factors. If concerned, ask your doctor.

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Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Here's a good start: It's not complete. For example, when I was a student pilot, I was deferred because of concerns about handling low oxygen. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

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Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Sick: Anybody who is sick or has blood disorder or malignancy they are not eligible for blood donation.

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Am i eligible to donate blood? What should I do?

Go to blood bank: At the blood donation center they will screen your eligibility. In my experience, the most frequent reason to be vigilant is iron deficiency -- from frequent blood donation and/or in women coupled with heavy menses or recent childbirth. Oral iron supplements are an easy way to correct this but be sure you know why the iron was low- bleeding from ulcers or polyps or cancers needs exclusion.

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Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since youve been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate!

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Is it possible for me to keep calm while i donate blood?

By distraction: You can wear headphones and listen to music, or read (just hard to turn pages), or people watch during the donation. Most people only require 10-15 minutes of actual "needle time" to donate a unit of blood, so you can also think about the 3 people whose lives you are saving with your donation!

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What are the types of blood donation frequency?

What are the types of blood donation frequency?

Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information.

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If you donate blood and your chloestrol is 200, is that bad

Cholesterol: There is no way to give you an answer to this question. There are numerous numbers in the cholesterol profile and one would also need a sense of your health and family history. In and of itself 200 is the cutoff point of normal to abnormal.

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Can gay people donate blood?

Can gay people donate blood?

Higher risk group: ONLY as a population-based screen, not suggesting any personal life-choice issues, men who have sex with men are more likely to have certain stds, including hepatitis and hiv, which can be transmitted by blood and MIGHT be missed by testing if at an early stage or lab error. So to keep blood supply as safe as possible, the entire group is excluded. I am not aware of any exception to this rule.

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Can I donate blood if I have hpv?

Yes: HPV is a localized issue like a wart (it's cousin).It does not travel in the blood. There would be HPV antibodies in the blood, but these would protect, not harm a potential recipient. In a donor center you would be asked to read through information about donor exclusions.The will also usually have you answer a computer assisted quiz about infection exposure, etc.HPV is not in these questions.

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I weigh 50 kg. Can i donate blood?

I weigh 50 kg. Can i donate blood?

Yes and no.: If you are over age 19, 50kg is generally the acceptable limit for blood donation.

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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.

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If blood donation is good for health?

If blood donation is good for health?

Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack! it also lowers risk of several types of cancer! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html.

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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