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Tattoos And Blood Donation
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 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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go through the white blood count filtering process. Any explanations?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have become a blood donor. Would liver disease show in tests done on my blood prior to donation?
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