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Doctor insights on: Donating Blood Platelets For Money

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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


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Is there anywhere that they pay you cash money for donating blood anymore?

Is there anywhere that they pay you cash money for donating blood anymore?

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.

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My relative had a blood transfusion during the surgery. So could I be able to donate blood/platelets?

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!

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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?

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?

No: The needles used for finger pricks are single use disposable needles. A formally set up blood drive would be following universal precautions and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of illness.

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How to avoid dizziness after blood donation? If I feel dizzy in my first donation should I ever donate blood again?

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

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Could you with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?

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.

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Could someone with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?

Could someone with essential thrombocythemia (i.E. Too many platelets) donate platelets to a blood bank?

No: It is considered too dangerous for a people with cancer or a myeloproliferative disorder such as essential thrombocythemia to donate blood.

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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!

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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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Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

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.

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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.

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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.

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I have pain in muscles after blood donation along with bruises in large area. Is it normal?

I have pain in muscles after blood donation along with bruises in large area. Is it normal?

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.

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Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Yes: The initial screening test for HIV is very sensitive, but not very specific. The back up screening tests are much more specific for HIV.