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Donating Blood Platelets For Money
Plasma donation: I don't know about donating whole blood for cash, but in my town (spokane, wa), there are a few plasma centers that will gladly pay you cash for donating plasma. The easiest way to find out what's available in your location is to probably google it. ...Read more
Probably: It should be fine as long as the nosebleeds are not the results of an clotting disorder. ...Read more
My relative had a blood transfusion during the surgery. So could I be able to donate blood/platelets?
Already done & yes: The operative transfusion is done. Some blood centers allow patient to have volunteers donate on their behalf to reduce the bill for the blood products (kinda by replacing the stock of them). Worth asking about, but donation is always a good thing, especially in summer months as donors go on vacation and more people get active, hurt, and need blood! ...Read more
In a blood donation camp, I donated blood. To check Haemoglobin the official pricked me. I forgot to check if the needle was new. Am I at risk HIV?
Modern blood banks want donors who are on NO medications (since even very small amounts could technically cause allergic reactions in recipients. Phenteramine is most likely one of the prohibited medications...CALL YOUR RED CROSS Blood donation center. They will be glad to tell you for how long before giving blood you should discontinue your medication
THANKS FOR WANTING TO DONATE!
Hope this helps ...Read more
How to avoid dizziness after blood donation? If I feel dizzy in my first donation should I ever donate blood again?
Minor Probelm: You can feel light headed for a few hours after your blood has been taken away from you. This should be very temporary...few hours till you get your self hydrated and make up the volume of blood taken away. This is not a reason to stop donating blood in the future. Next time drink extra fluids with some salt/soup 1 to 2 hours before donating blood. This will likely prevent feeling light headed nex ...Read more
Could you with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?
No: Would make sense in a way, no? But I seriously doubt the blood bank would allow a person with a blood disorder to donate any blood product. Thanks for your interest, though. ...Read more
Could someone with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?
I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.
Happens: A blood vessel leaked after your donation. Not to worry, just apply heat and it will resolve. Thanks for giving blood! ...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
~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: But if you have lightheadedness you should not. ...Read more
Danger: I am not sure how you could be so misinformed, but am very happy you reached out to us. An anemic patient needs blood to survive. They should not in any way be donating blood. That puts their life at risk and is completely a wrong decision. ...Read more
How did people come up with idea of blood donation and transfusion and who were the first people to donate and receive blood?
Idea 1660s-animals,: People often died, blood types not known of until early 1900s, 1st crossmatched transfusion 1907, british red cross credited w/first formal donation 1921. 1st blood bank 1930s, us established program 1940-red cross program start 1941 in time for wwii. 1970s volunteer-based donor system & disease testing. For more, see: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/learn-about-blood/history-blood-transfusion. ...Read more
What does it mean if you have watery blood. I had my finger poked for donating blood. I couldn't donate because my hemoglobin was to low again!?
Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by either the body losing blood (heavy periods? Or small amount of blood in stool), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency) or a combination of these. Common things being common, given your age it is most likely low iron (can take supplements or eat iron-rich foods). If this doesn't correct things, see doc for workup. ...Read more
No not normal: It is certainly possible to have a large bruise at the needle puncture site used to gather the blood. It's a large needle, and can cause some bleeding. But only at that location. Muscle pain is not from donating blood. If your bruises are located more locations than your puncture site, you need to see a doctor right away. If you muscle soreness does not resolve, you need to be seen. ...Read more
I'm anemic and prefer an autogolous blood donation. Am I eligible? Having surgery that may require a blood transfusion. I do not want someone else's!!
Impractical: If you are anemic, you cannot donate blood for your surgery. If the surgery is elective, you should get the anemia treated first. Depending on the type of surgery you need, you may not need a transfusion. It would be prudent to discuss all this with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more
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
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
Search or ask: Just as with this question--ask it. There are many blood donation related questions already posted/answered, you might start with reviewing some of them to see if your answer is already waiting for you--if not, just pose the question and we'll answer it! ...Read more
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
No: Depending on the lab, normal hemoglobin levels are anywhere from 12 - 15, give or take 1 or two. ...Read more
Does not matter:
It is your choice. If one arm has a more readily accessible vein, that would be preferable for ease of collection.
I commend you for wanting to donate blood.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
No: That is not tested for, since if it was in your blood you would be very sick. Carrier state is tested usually by a nasal swab and culture. ...Read more
Blood donation: The amount of BP that is taken out during blood donation is small amount compared to your total blood pool. It is not going to cause any significant hemodynamic changes in majority of the donors. Human body rapids adjusts to those low volume changes through homeostatic mechanisms. Hence it is not going to drop bp. ...Read more
One or more products:
Apheresis means "to take away" in greek.
Automated instruments can collect specific components from donor's blood.
The most commonly collected is platelets, but also plasma or even red cell can be collected simultaneously.
The advantage is that donors can choose how they want to contribute in saving lives.
If you decide to give platelets or plasma you may give up to 24 times in a year. ...Read more
Hand exercise: Get a soft rubber ball and exercise your hand and forearm by squeezing it many times each day- over the course of weeks your muscles will get stronger and in the process your blood veins will enlarge as well. Short term trick is to warm the arm with warm compresses to increase blood flow and dilate veins ...Read more
I've heard that people with vp shunts can't donate plasma? Is that true? What about donating blood in general?
Yes you can: You can donate blood and plasma and I think that is a great thing to do. The only thing that the blood bank might be concerned about is a potential liability. There is no real reason that you cannot donate, . ...Read more
I wasn't able to donate blood because I had sexual contact with another male. Why does this prevent me from donating 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. ...Read more
Not for donor: A donor of an organ or blood cannot be infected with a prion disease. An organ recipient can become infected with a prion disease if the donor suffered from that disease. For example, until this was recognized and screening initiatted, it was possible to transmit creutzfeld-jacob disease through cornea transplant. ...Read more
Should be: False positive, of course, has to be confirmed by more sophisticated test, i.e., nucleic acid assay test. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel lightheaded and have shortness of breath almost a week after blood donation?
Short of breath: Most people feel some of those symptoms for a short while after giving blood. Generally those symptoms don't last a week. ...Read more
Will I have to take an iron supplement or a multivitamin containing iron after I do a blood donation?
See below: Depending upon your overall health you can donate 1 pint of blood every three months without any deleterious effects, . In my opinion therefore, you do not need any iron or multivitamins. ...Read more
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