Givecoin bounty program for Blood Donation Charity

BloodBanker.org is paying people Givecoin in a bounty program they started. Givecoin Bounty Program. What is great is that they are vowing not to convert any of the donations they are getting, here: http://explorer.givecoin.info/address/76DAU2No5gDZgULCAACZKmWWSpWgiZvHzh into any other digital currencies, like bitcoin or digitialcoin.

This is interesting because it creates a whole ecosystem where donors can see where exactly their money is going. As a donor I know exactly how much the charity has by checking the block explorer. Then, on the other side, the bounty program creates a direct way for people to provide value for the charity. By paying out in bounties you are providing jobs for people that want to help a charity but might not necessarily have financial wealth.

Granted, a charity isn’t going to get 100% of its funding through a cryptocoin, but what if a charity uses a bounty program as a way to tap into a new younger crowd of advocates and donors. It’s a self sustaining system you’ve created as long as there are enough onramps and offramps so people can freely trade Givecoin with other currency as they please.

Philippine Relief for 7.2 Earthquake on 10.14.2013

An earthquake with magnitude 7.2 occurred near Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines at 00:12:37.20 UTC on Oct 15, 2013.

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BloodBanker is donating funds to the American Red Cross on behalf of the victims in Bohol here. Red Cross Philippines Earthquake Relief If you like BloodBanker then please consider donating to help the victims of this earthquake as some awesome contributions to BloodBanker were made by very talented developers from this area.

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Tips to Get Your Blood Donation Accepted

How to Make Healthy Blood Donation

Here are some tips to getting your blood donation accepted. These practices are helpful in all kinds of blood donation including plasma, whole blood and platelet .

  • Drink lots of water the day before, as well as the same day you donate. Taking in extra fluids will greatly reduce your donation time and will help you not feel tired after donating.
  • Prior to donating, EAT A WELL-BALANCED MEAL and avoid alcohol or beverages with caffeine or any other highly processed foods.
  • Avoid high-cholesterol and fatty foods.
  • Maintain your iron and protein levels by eating a well-balanced diet. Most donation centers test for iron, so a iron supplement might be a good idea before your first visit.
  • Finally, drink plenty of water after you donate to replenish fluids.

Also, proper food and adequate fluid intake are essential keys to a successful donation. We recommend the following:

Fluids

    • Drink 4-6 tall (8 ounce) glasses of water, fruit juice or another caffeine-free liquid at least 2 to 3 hours before donation. In addition, if you wish to continue donating on a regular basis, consume adequate fluids daily.
    • Avoid caffeinated beverages because they dehydrate the body. Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, soft drinks (pop or soda unless they state “caffeine-free” on the label).
    • Avoid alcohol of any type for 24 hours before you donate.

Foods

    • Eat a meal prior to donation.

Adequate Sleep

    • A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sleep the night before donating.

After Your Donation

  • Eat a light meal and drink more fluids than usual in the next 4 hours.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol. This is key. It may seem like fun to get that 4 martini buzz on just one but just don’t do it, this can really mess you up for days
  • Keep your venipuncture site clean and dry. The bandage may be removed after several hours.
  • If there is bleeding from the venipuncture site, raise arm and apply pressure.
  • If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or sit with head between the knees.
  • If any symptoms persist, either telephone the center, return to our center or see a doctor IMMEDIATELY.

Automated Blood Donation, the Noob Explanation

What is an automated blood donation?

Your blood is drawn from one arm through a sterile single use tubing set to an automated system. This separates and collects the most needed components of your blood and then safely returns the remaining blood components back to you.

Okay, so what’s the big deal?

The automated blood donations are 6 times more efficient than a traditional whole blood donation. That means that the machines that extract the blood can do a way better job and your time and blood are worth more to the banks.

Donor giving blood through an automated blood donation machine.

The most needed components of your blood are:

Platelets:

These bad boys are in charge of blood clotting. Doctors need these for open heart surgery, to support cancer therapy, treatment of blood disorders, and for organ transplants. Platelets must also be transfuses (used in one of the above examples) in 5 days. It has a short shelf life, so the supply must always be replenished. A single donor can donate platelets up to 24 times per year. Any more then that amont is generally not recommended.

Red Blood Cells:
As you know from medical school (or maybe grades school ;) that red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Typically they are most needed after a loss of blood through trauma, surgery or anemia. These too have a shelf life of 5 days, so the need for donors is constant. This donation can be made about every 8-16 weeks, depending on the donation type.

Plasma:
This is the liquid part of the blood, and it contains critical clotting factors. Plasma generally treats patients with certain bleeding disorders and is used for plasma exchanges. Plasma can be given up to twice a week or even every 4 weeks for some programs. Check with a local bank for their specific plasma donation program.

How much blood does one of these medical procedures take?

This is where the data gets real interesting. Check this out:

So every time you donate blood you would get:

1 red blood cell unit
1 unit of platelet
1 unit of plasma

follow me? So here is how many each takes:

Automobile Accident
– up to 50 Units of Red Blood Cells

Organ Transplant Recipient– up to 40 units of RBC
– 30 of Platelet
– 25 of Plasma

Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient
– 20 of RBC
-120 of Platelets!

Cancer Patient
-up to 8 units of Platelets every week!

Heart Surgery Patient
-6 of RBC
-6 of Platelets

Sickle Cell Anemia Patient
up to 4 units of Red Blood Cells per treatment.

Whoa! now you know why blood donation is so important!

Plasma Blood Donation Process Explained

How does the actual plasma blood donation work?
The process is quite simple. Basically a plasma donation company wants to separate your plasma from your red blood cells. What does this mean? Well, your blood consists of white and red blood cells which float around in a goo. For a better word the goo is called “plasma”, and this is what a machine will extract from your blood. So, a machine is hooked up to you for about 90 minutes to suck your blood out, separate the plasma from the other blood cells.

How does it separate the blood?
Not to bore you with the details, but a centrifuge is used pull the plasma down to the bottom of the funnel and into the collection unit (also known as a thick plastic bag).

What does the machine look like?
Well, it’s just a small unit that does the aforementioned extraction. You only have a needle in your arm, and the machine does the work of processing the blood.

Does it hurt?
No, not really at all. The only pain point is a very minor one when the needle gets stuck into your arm. Beyond that there isn’t much pain at all. So once that needle is in your vein, you won’t really even notice anything. That is why many centers will have a TV or other forms of entertainment you can partake in while you wait.

NOTE:
Apparently platelet donation can be quite painful. These are totally different procedures and make note of the name.

I hope this helps explain how the system works. Please leave comments about your own experiences, rumors or any other question you might have on plasma blood donation.