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Alcohol test after blood donation. Does, alcohol test by exhalation valid, 7 hours after donating blood?
Likely : Concentration in serum. Red cells are incidental. ...Read more
I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am i still able to donate?
"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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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