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Doctor insights on: Donating Plasma Centers

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Plasma (Definition)

It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the ...Read more


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Okay I donate plasma at the plasma center they say my veins are really small so I have to drink a lot of water and I am not a water fan and can't drink a lot of water im always dehydrated what else could it mean? But I drink gatorade

Okay I donate plasma at the plasma center they say my veins are really small so I have to drink a lot of water and I am not a water fan and can't drink a lot of water im always dehydrated what else could it mean? But I drink gatorade

Hydration, heat: Proper hydration gives you the best chance to have your veins full, ready for venipuncture. Drinking fluids which do not have caffeine helps, and applying heat to your arms for several minutes may help to dilate the veins. A bean bag placed in the microwave for several minutes will be warm enough for this. ...Read more

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This morning I ate a bacon egg & cheese biscuit and immediately after went to a plasma donation center. They told me my protein was 9.5, why is that?

This morning I ate a bacon egg & cheese biscuit and immediately after went to a plasma donation center. They told me my protein was 9.5, why is that?

Need more info: Were you dehydrated? It would be prudent to see a doctor to have your serum proteins analyzed at a laboratory. The biscuit is not likely to have anything to do with the high protein. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes were high on my last blood test and my doctor could not test my blood glucose levels. What should I do? I went to the doctor's because i had been deferred from a plasma donation center and they needed doctor's consent before letting me do

Basic : Basic rules for donors are established by the U.S. Food and drug administration (fda). Some donor centers may impose additional requirements. You must be in good health and you must provide information about your health. Your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature are checked. Additionally your blood will be checked for anemia. If you are not in good health, such as liver test abnormalities than you can be rejected as a donor. Do not know what the doctor found on your evaluation, nor do we know the conversation you and the doctor had or your past medical history. I recommend that if you discuss this with the doctor or his clinic staff. He may not be able to sign you off as being sufficiently healthy to donate plasma. Should get clarification from him or her. ...Read more

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What can be expected for first time plasma donation?

What can be expected for first time plasma donation?

Safe: Blood banks go through a thorough evaluation before taking any blood or plasma. The donation process is generally safe and i applaud you for considering this charitable act. There is discomfort of needle stick and you may need to rest for a few hours after donation and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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What is causing me to pass out after plasma donation?

What is causing me to pass out after plasma donation?

Reduction in blood: Volume. Different people react differently to blood/plasma donation due to loss of blood volume. Try drinking a lot of water and eating salty snacks before donation. ...Read more

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For how long after a plasma donation should not work out?

For how long after a plasma donation should not work out?

Rest of the day: Thank you for your donation - or for considering being a donor. We need more people to be so generous. People who are healthy enough to be accepted for blood, plasma or platelet donation should tolerate it well. However, since some fluid is removed, they should probably not do strenuous activity for the rest of the day and be sure to drink (non-alcoholic liquids) generously. ...Read more

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In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

In what way can plasma donation sites pay donors?

Not recommended: Red Cross and many facilities in US will not accept products from pay-for-donate locations. This is due to the concern that a potential donor might not be totally honest in the history questions if seeking $$ and this could contaminate the blood supply. Volunteer donors have no motivation to not provide direct answers. ...Read more

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If you were on antibiotics and were able to donate plasma, Would donating plasma filter out and eliminate the antibiotics in my system?

Antibiotic Question: Different antibiotics distribute differently in the body. Some of them are found mostly in plasma, whereas others may distribute to the tissues such as with azithromycin. The bigger question is- 'are you healthy enough to donate plasma now'? Because if you're on antibiotics, I tend to think 'something' about you must not be 100%. Best to double check with your doc, or an ID doc if you can find one ...Read more

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Can donating plasma days after ovulating hurt your chances of geting pregnant.Had a positive ovulatin test on 3/16/13 have a donation appt on 3/22/13?

Can donating plasma days after ovulating hurt your chances of geting pregnant.Had a positive ovulatin test on 3/16/13 have a donation appt on 3/22/13?

No: Agree with dr de mola....I guess if you are too tired to have sex after donating then this could be an issue but otherwise no problem that i can think of... Good luck drg. ...Read more

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Could hydrocodone affect plasma donation?

Could hydrocodone affect plasma donation?

No: You need to disclose your medications at the time of donation. ...Read more

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Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Do plasma donation banks make mistakes with blood?

Of course...: Everything human will have mistakes. So, the answer to the question, "Do people make mistakes?", is always yes. The real question is, "How likely would a mistake be in this particular situation?" Fortunately, blood banks rarely make mistakes, because they use multiple safeguards, and they know a mistake can be fatal. ...Read more

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Which blood types are best for plasma donation?

ALL of them: It takes all types to be able to provide for all patients. Plasma donation is the most "fun" since you get to watch the pheresis machine work as most of the tubing is external (platelet pheresis setups are often more internal, but not always). Have fun watching the process of saving a life! ...Read more

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What blood types are most desired for plasma donation?

What blood types are most desired for plasma donation?

All ok: If only the plasma is being transfused from a donor to a recipient, and absolutely no red blood cells, then blood type is not significant. Blood types only refer to the red blood cells; the bone marrow also produces platelets and white blood cells. The serum or plasma is the clear yellow fluid part of the blood. ...Read more

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Is it true that certain blood types are not good/compatible with plasma donation?

Is it true that certain blood types are not good/compatible with plasma donation?

Wrong: Anybody can donate plasma. A few rare individuals have conditions that make that plasma unsuitable. You'll be told if that's you. ...Read more

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I took a preventative dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono and was able to to donate plasma. Did donating plasma take the antibiotics from my system?

I took a preventative dose of 200mg Doxycycline mono and was  able to to donate plasma.  Did donating plasma take the antibiotics from my system?

Odd statement: They should not have collected your plasma if you took any antibiotics in the days prior to selling/donating this product. You place anyone who receives the material at risk of a life threatening allergic reaction if they have an allergy to that material. Yes, you pass some of the antibiotic into any body fluids. ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis be transmitted through plasma donation?

Can bacterial vaginosis be transmitted through plasma donation?

No: Bacterial vaginosis is a superficial infection and does not cause infection in the blood stream, so it is safe for blood and plasma donation. ...Read more

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Is there any link between blood clots while trying to give a plasma donation and pregnancy?

Is there any link between blood clots while trying to give a plasma donation and pregnancy?

Maybe...: If your blood clots too easily, it can cause you to have miscarriages. Also pregnancy increases your risks of blood clots. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How much does donating plasma hurt?

How much does donating plasma hurt?

Just a needle poke: Same as with whole blood donation, big pinch with needle insertion, then on draw, don't notice much at all. On return, arm will feel cool as your plasma, platelets and some saline are returned to you. Usually cycles back and forth 2 or 3 times and you are done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how donating plasma work?

Can you tell me how donating plasma work?

All vs component: Whole blood donation collects red cells, plasma, platelets--which can be separated and used. Plasma collection (/pheresis) uses a machine to separate reds & platelets from carrier fluid--golden ylw fluid (/plasma). The cells are returned to you in saline (salt water) and the plasma is collected. Plasma can be donated every 3-7 days. ...Read more

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First time donating plasma, what can I expect?

First time donating plasma, what can I expect?

All vs component: Whole blood donation collects red cells, plasma, platelets--which can be separated and used. Plasma collection (/apheresis) uses a machine to separate reds / platelets from carrier fluid--golden ylw fluid (/plasma). The cells are returned to you in saline (salt water) and the plasma is collected. Plasma can be donated every 28 days. ...Read more

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What are the usual short term effects of donating plasma?

What are the usual short term effects of donating plasma?

Practically nothing: Donors are screened to rule out conditions which might make donation a problem. You might be extraordinarily sensitive to the loss of fluid and be a little sensitive to standing up suddenly. There are very rarely some people with discomfort at the donation site. Mostly it is a very benign event and a chance to be a good citizen. ...Read more