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How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

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. ...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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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am i still able to donate?

I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am i still able to donate?

Should be : I agree with dr. Pappas. History of IV drug use excludes. You can find a list of eligibility requirements at: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-topic. ...Read more

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"save lives by donating blood 3 times a year." is it safe to donate blood 3 times a year? I want to donate blood but i'm not sure if it'll affect me.

Yes: What benefit would it be to kill off blood donors? Yes it is perfectly safe for healthy adults to donate every 56 days (up to 6 times per year). ...Read more

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What is isadvantage of blood donation?

Few if healthy: I am assuming the message reads 'disadvantage'. If so then the disadvantages are: mild pain at the needle site, volume loss replaceable with oral fluids; iron loss replaceable with oral iron supplements. It is the 'gift of life' for the recipients. ...Read more

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How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

Blood donation: You don' have to do special effort. Nature or your body makes it up. 2million red cells are produced in a second. For volume or plasma loss, you can drink plenty of water, juices, soups or liquids. Thanks. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

Now or Later?: While donating, person can get sweaty, nausea, dizzy...and may vomit or faint--a stress reaction to needle poke. Later, vessel can get tender, hard, red--can indicate thrombophlebitis--irritation/clot in area or (tiny) potential for infection. Reactions VERY uncommon. A VERY safe procedure and highly encouraged! ...Read more