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Doctor insights on: Plasma Donation Complications

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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

Plasma (Definition)

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

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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I'm allergic to Coumadin (warfarin) and want to donate plasma. Should I considering the donation process consists of using an anticoagulant?

I'm allergic to Coumadin (warfarin) and want to donate plasma. Should I considering the donation process consists of using an anticoagulant?

Questionable: If you are currently taking an alternative to coumadin (warfarin) like Pradaxa, Xarelto Plavix or even aspirin your plasma may not be suitable for donation. Best not to donate.

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Can I donate plasma while on lithium?

Can I donate plasma while on lithium?

Depends: It depends on what the plasma will be used for. It is very important that you inform the organization collecting plasma of all the medications you take as well as any other health issue. ...Read more

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How much can it pay to donate plasma?

How much can it pay to donate plasma?

Usually nothing: You stated "donate" which means you give without expecting payment. There are exceptions, if you have an unusual antibody or protein that will be used for testing -- and then it is usually $100/contribution. However, generally, payments are not given because we cannot run the risk of incentivizing donors to mislead on the forms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how it feel like to donate plasma?

Needle stick and: May be dizziness. Donating plasma involves having a needle inserted into your vein, you are hooked to a machine that separates cells from plasma and returns the cells to you and keeps the plasma. You will lose some blood volume so be sure to drink enough water before the donation to avoid symptoms due to low blood volume. ...Read more

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What is the usual procedure when you donate plasma?

Apheresis: The first step is to determine your suitability to be a blood donor, especially to make sure that your blood/plasma will not transmit any diseases. Plasma can be collected and red cells returned to your body through a process called apheresis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to donate plasma while taking lithium?

Depends: It depends on what the plasma will be used for. It is very important that you inform the organization collecting plasma of all the medications you take as well as any other health issue. ...Read more

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Should I donate plasma twice a week? Is it healthy for you?

Should I donate plasma twice a week? Is it healthy for you?

Helps others not you: Donating plasma in a licensed facility is likely safe for you and helpful to others that need your plasma but it is not going to provide you with any health benefits. But if you are feeling generous, go ahead and do it. It might save somebody else's life. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how healthy do you need to be to donate plasma?

Can you tell me how healthy do you need to be to donate plasma?

Reverse the Q: Best answer from this Q: How healthy would you want the donor to be if you needed plasma? That usually helps with decision. Good general health, no active infection or antibiotics. More information available here: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more

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What medications will stop you from being able to donate plasma?

Disclosure: You should disclose all the medications, including herbals and over the counter medications, you are taking to the blood center. It is not feasible to provide a list of the medications that would disqualify you from being a donor.
You may consult this site for more info:
http://www. Aabb. Org/tm/questionnaires/Pages/dhqaabb. Aspx ...Read more

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Can traveling to ghana or china make me ineligible to donate plasma?

Can traveling to ghana or china make me ineligible to donate plasma?

Yes for 1 year: Traveling to countries where malaria exists will make you ineligible to donate blood products for at least one year. This is true even if you travel to parts of a country which don't have malaria--the rules are designed to keep blood products safe. More importantly you will need to see your local travel doctor (istm. Org) to get proper protection from malaria and other health hazzards. ...Read more

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Does traveling to ghana or china make me ineligible to donate plasma?

Does traveling to ghana or china make me ineligible to donate plasma?

Red Cross guidelines: Red cross states in regards to international travel, "wait 12 months after travel in an area where malaria is found. Wait 3 years after living in a country or countries where malaria is found. Persons who were born in or who lived in certain countries in western africa, or who have had close contact with persons who were born in or who lived in certain west african countries are not eligible.". ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was wanting to donate plasma, how does it work and how much do you get paid?

What do you advise if I was wanting to donate plasma, how does it work and how much do you get paid?

Plasma donation: Donating plasma takes time and commitment. To help ensure a safe and adequate supply of lifesaving plasma, donors are provided with a modest stipend to recognise the substantial commitment of personal time and travel required to be a plasma donor. Each plasma collection facility sets its own compensation rates. ...Read more

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What happens if I donate plasma on sunday and the week starts over on monday can I donate tuesday and wednesday?

Not advised: The Red Cross requirements for blood and plasma donation are given in the website listed below. You are asking to donate with far greater frequency. Are you donating for money? You risk harming your health by donating more frequently than recommended by red cross.
http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to donate plasma if you have pacs?

Disclose to the: Blood bank. I do not know what pacs is, but whatever it is, you should disclose it to the blood bank where you plan to donate plasma. ...Read more

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Could I donate plasma on my period?

Yes: There are other health issues that will be monitored, but having period is not a disqualification for donating plasma. ...Read more

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Why can't I donate plasma at age 66 and over?

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Safety: As we age, the reserves we have for stresses (such as plasma donation) decrease. The "maximum" age for plasma donation is not a set number, and varies from center to center; it usually is a safety mark so that they don't make an elderly, infirm person more so. There is literature that suggests blood from an elderly patient is just as good as any other, and some center have no maximum age. ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the health requirements to donate plasma/blood?

Check website: For the american red cross at: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements -- for specific information on donor requirements. Get stuck, give blood! ...Read more

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Do I need to wait after having a colonoscopy before I can donate plasma?

Do I need to wait after having a colonoscopy before I can donate plasma?

Yes: Having a colonoscopy is safe, but some patients can be dehydrated afterwards. In addition, there is a risk of low grade fevers after the procedure. Waiting a few days is all that is likely needed. At that point, if one feels well and has no signs of illness one can donate. ...Read more

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I donate plasma my bood test came back abnormal protien. Whatdoes this mean?

I donate plasma my bood test came back abnormal protien. Whatdoes this mean?

Need more info: But if it was significant enough to defer your donation then you should see a doc to rule out serious causes for abnormal or increased protein level. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to donate plasma after having a baby? How long do I have to wait to donate plasma after having a baby?

Most: Most recommendations say that you can donate plasma 6 weeks after delivery, though some companies will require that you wait 6 months. You may want to call the facility you are planning to use to donate and ask what their policy is on donation after pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can I donate plasma if I have neurofibromatosis?

Can I donate plasma if I have neurofibromatosis?

Yes if: Plasma donors should be at least 18 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg). Must pass two, separately administered medical examinations, a medical history screening, and testing for transmissible viruses, before their donated plasma can be used. Neurofibromatosis does not have infectious etiology. Usually genetic or spontaneous mutation causes neurofibromatosis. ...Read more

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Is it ok to donate plasma when you have a pulmanay embolism?

No: There are volume shifts when you donate plasma and that would be an additional stressor on your body. Plus, you should be on blood thinners for the pe so I think you would be turned away on that basis. ...Read more