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How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

Apheresis: Abc (aka apheresis) uses a highly sophisticated separation/filtration process to allow specific blood components to be collected (like platelets, plasma, red blood cells) from a donor while returning the un-needed components. Whole blood donation, as its name suggests, collects all blood component parts, which will be later separated and used to care for up to 4 patients from 1 donation. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...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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Can a vegan get blood transfusions and organ transplants?

Can a vegan get blood transfusions and organ transplants?

Yes: Becoming a vegan is a moral choice. If you refuse a needed blood transfusion / organ transplant, you are not talking about a decision to respect the lives and dignity of animals -- you'd be making a decision to die. And unlike the cult that refuses blood transfusions, you can't be thrown out for accepting something that others might not. Make choices on accurate information & what you deem right. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

Can I donate blood, plasma or bone marrow with malaria history?

How long ago?: This depends on how long ago you had malaria and whether or not you were adequately treated. If you have traveled to a region known to harbor malaria, you are deferred for 1 year. If you lived there or have been diagnosed with malaria, you are deferred for 3 years adn must remain symptom free. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/blood_banks.html. ...Read more

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Can a diabetic do blood donations other than whole blood?

Can a diabetic do blood donations other than whole blood?

Yes: Yes. But need to make sure your md would approve this considering other medical conditions. ...Read more

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Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

Why are certain combinations of donor and recipient blood types not suitable for blood transfusion?

See below: Transfusing Blood Group A blood to a Blood Group B would be not suitable. You may consult this site for more info: https://www.pathology.med.umich.edu/bloodbank/manual/bb_chart/ ...Read more

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Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Not likely: The amount of thc in blood or blood products is not likely to cause a positive urine test. You are more likely to get a positive test from exposure to second hand marijuana smoke. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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Why tatto prevents from blood donating?

See below: Hep b and hep c are a concern especially if the tatteo was made before 96. ...Read more

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

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Evaluation: Combination of clinical examination ( listen to complaints, examining the patients etc) , blood works , and imaging study ( like cxr) are used to check transfusion reaction. ...Read more

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When and how was autologous blood donation and transfusion started?

Likely 20th century.: The era of modern blood transfusion likely started in 1901, when the austrian karl landsteiner discovered human blood groups and made them safer. The first non-direct transfusion was done on march 27, 1914 by the belgian doctor albert hustin, though this was a diluted solution of blood. Since then many improvements were made to result in the modern system of today, including autologous methods. ...Read more

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Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

They should.: Donors are usually notified if the blood they gave is positive for a disease, like hepatitis b surface antigen, antibody to hepatitis c, antibody to hiv, usually subtypes 1 and 2, and serologic test for syphilis as recommended by the world health organization. Blood is also tested for diseases, like stds. Donated blood that is positive is discarded unless it is autologous as that is given back. ...Read more

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How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

How is blood collected for a blood transfusion?

IV bag: Blood is collected by IV into a specialized, sealed, sterile plastic bag containing an anti-coagulant. It is then refrigerated (after blood typing and testing for infections) until needed. The shelf life is 21-35 days depending on the preservative used (anti-coagulant). ...Read more

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Can you donate blood after getting a tattoo?

Can you donate blood after getting a tattoo?

After 1 year: Since the blood bank cannot know which artists use proper infection-prevention techniques and which do not, there is a 12-month deferral period after getting a tattoo. If still healthy after that period (as most folks are), you are welcome to return to donating. ...Read more

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Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go through the white blood count filtering process. Any explanations?

Cryoprotein?: Your mother may have a protein in her blood that precipitates out when the temperature of blood drops, as it would during the filtration process. This is only one plausible explanation. You should inquire with the blood bank. ...Read more

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What is risk of HIV from blood transfusion donated by friends and family?

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What is risk of HIV from blood transfusion donated by friends and family?

Depends: The risk of HIV from blood transfusion donated by friends and family really depends on the individual risk of each family member. Some family members may be at higher risk if they use injection drugs or practice high risk sexual behaviors, which do not involve using barrier protection. While we may like to think that we always know the people who are close to us, this may not always be the case. ...Read more

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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