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How Long Should I Wait After Having Sepsis Before Donating Blood
Feel full strength: When you feel strong enough, essentially. If you had anemia associated with your episode of sepsis, you may need to wait several weeks or months before your bone marrow recovers enough. If you didn't, you can donate as soon as your strength is back to normal - as assessed by others. ...Read more
Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise. ...Read more
Usually next day OK: The phlebotomist / nurse will instruct you as you are being bandaged at the end of the process to avoid tobacco for a few hours, alcohol for the day, heavy lifting (--or strenuous activity--) for 8 hours or until the next day, etc. If you will be using your arms a lot, might be wise to put a bandaid over puncture site, but should be ok by next day. ...Read more
Steven: 3 weeks should do itGet a more detailed answer ›
I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?
Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more
Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?
Toxin release: Many bacteria are capable of creating chemicals that act as toxins, disabling the system the blood vessels have to maintain tone (or the squeeze) within their walls. Once the vessels relax the pressure falls. Doctors have medications that counteract this effect that are called pressors agents. ...Read more
After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?
Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for awhile and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. The ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more
Untreated, it's fast: As short as an hour if we don't get effective treatment. Treated, it's quite survivable most of the time. ...Read more
No specific time: If you have a tooth infection it can become quite serious if left unattended. Pain, infection, swelling, complicated treatment, extraction, and in rare cases even death can occur. Do not delay in getting treatment. Call your dentist today. ...Read more
No...: I think you meant a spread of infection from a localized abscess to become systemic through circulation. The incidence is very rare but it could happen. You would have fever or chill, feeling sick or malaise, and with blood test there would be a raise in white blood cell. Check up with your doctor. Relax and do not over worrying! ...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
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?
Prevention of adverse reactions may be especially necessary in younger donors, who are more likely to develop an adverse reaction to blood donation.
Deferral criteria are based on determining that the donation will not adversely affect the donor’s health. ...Read more
Usually < 24 hours: Donating blood is a great thing for the community but occassionally one sometimes experience mild side effects from donating. One can experience lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, and tiredness. These symptoms nearly always resolve within 24 hours, faster if you stay very hydrated and don't skip any meals. ...Read more
Alcohol test after blood donation. Does, alcohol test by exhalation valid, 7 hours after donating blood?
Concentration in serum.
Red cells are incidental. ...Read more
Resubmit Q: You should not bruise after or because you donated blood or blood components--your body has more than enough cells to control leaks, and while you may bruise at an injection site (where needle was), it is not 'mandatory'--this is why the blood bank wraps the site and tells you to keep it on for at least 4 hours. ...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 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
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
Satisfaction: You get the satisfaction of helping another person without having to be paid for it. I think that is something you cannot buy. We don't have enough people donating blood to meet the need. Way to go. ...Read more
Yes: Thanks for donating. When I was a young doctor, I would donate tired or not. Don't drive after if you do not feel safe. ...Read more
Could you tell me if something abnormal showed up in your pint blood donation, would the nhs contact you?
Red Cross sends ltr,: Advising you of abnormality, often identifying it or at least narrowing it down, and directing you to your dr for further evaluation as indicated. ...Read more
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