Protecting Blood Supply from Malaria

Malaria refers to a fatal disease that kills thousands of people in third-world countries. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 97 cases of transmitted malaria all over United States between the years 1963 to 2011. The World Health Organization released an investigation and found out that more than 600,000 in 2010 were dead due to malaria (CDC, August 2012).

Malaria remains as one of the most common transfusion-transmitted infections (Blackwell Publishing, 2006). According to WHO’s World Malaria Report, Uganda reported and confirmed more than ten million malaria cases in 2010. Other countries with high malaria alert in all its areas are Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Hema-Quebec, 2010).

There are still malaria cases in other continents apart from Africa. In Europe, United Kingdom in particular, five people were confirmed dead in a total of 1660 cases in 2004 (Blackwell Publishing, 2006). In United States alone, 1,500 Americans are diagnosed each year.

Due to these left and right widespread of malaria, blood banks all over the world were worried. Too many cases of malaria cases mean two things. First, many donors will be deferred. Second, the blood supply will be low.

Come to think about it. You’re ineligible to give blood should you’ve been to countries where malaria is prevalent. You are advised to wait until twelve months (American Red Cross, 2012). In case you came from a vacation and you suddenly become sick, you’re neither allowed to donate blood, sell plasma nor transfuse blood to someone until the treatment is completed. You can only donate blood after three years.

There’s no perfect solution for this crisis. Blood banks can only create a better way of protecting the supply. As of the moment, it’s strongly recommended to conduct a thorough screening to all blood donors by handing out a questionnaire. This is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to evaluate your eligibility. It’s expected for the questionnaire to ask questions related to the geographical malaria-infected location, the length of visit in the location and the history of your health.

Acquiring Malaria

You immediately acquire this life-threatening disease when you’re bitten by an Anopheles. Anopheles is a mosquito that’s commonly found in six continents except Antarctica. The female Anopheles is believed to be the malaria carrier. Its life span is more than two weeks to a month if held in captivity (Wikipedia, September 2012). CDC confirmed that Anopheles mosquitoes are not only found in endemic countries such as Uganda and Malawi but also in countries where Malaria was eradicated.

Symptoms of malaria are visible between 10 to 15 days after the bite. You’ll experience chills, fever, muscle aches and extreme exhaustion. Malaria becomes deathly should its plasmodium falciparum (a type of parasite that attacks the blood cells) is left untreated. At this worst level, you’ll have complications such as destruction of red blood cells (anemia), jaundice, kidney failure, liver failure, seizures, internal bleeding, respiratory failure (pulmonary edema), mental confusion, meningitis and death.

Malaria is treated should you consult a doctor once the symptoms appear. Before the treatment begins, your doctor requires you to undergo a series of physical examinations. First, you’ll be advised to have a complete blood count to verify if you’re anemia-positive. Then, a malaria blood smear shall be performed within the six to twelve hour interval to confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor can immediately find an enlarged liver in your test results should your blood system is infected by malaria (CDC, 2012).

Treatment for Malaria

A thorough assessment of your clinical status is needed before the treatment. The application of malarial drugs is dependent on your age, weight, drug allergies and history of other illnesses. If you’re a female, it’s also important to take note if you’re pregnant or not. Pregnant moms are vulnerable to malaria drugs. The treatment drugs make their immune system extremely weak (World Health Organization, 2003). For this, health experts highly-recommends certain drugs to pregnant moms. Proquanil and quanine are considered safe drugs during pregnancy. The falciparum malaria is, however, resistant to chloroquine (OnlyMyHealth, March 2011).

In the United States, you’re treated for malaria either by oral medicine or by intravenous infusion. Chloroquine, atovaquone-proguanil, artemether-lumefantrine, mefloquine, quinine, quinidine, doxycycline, clindamycin and artesunate are active malarial drugs that aim to kill the parasite in the blood cells (CDC, 2010). The primaquine is also an active dug used to treat an inactive parasite in the liver.

World Malaria Day

Awareness is a key to fight ignorance. That’s the reason why World Malaria Day is celebrated annually (April 25th). This celebration began in Africa in which hundreds of children and adults were dead. Just this year, the World Malaria Day proves to be a successful campaign. It continues to develop various efforts in controlling the  spread of the disease worldwide.

Other sources:

CDC – Malaria
NCBI
CDC – Malaria Facts
Malaria.com
CDC – Treatment
CDC – World Malaria Day
Malaria & Blood Transfusion
WHO

Advice to Senior Management for Grifols California Company

What are some advices that needed to be told to Grifols Plasma California company? Listen to you representatives when they attempt contract you for issues in the Centers. Don’t expect you know the reply, particularly in the event that you’ve never worked in a Center. Don’t hold elevated requirements for your average quality. Collaborating with patients and givers is delightful. Profits are great. In the event that you like doing for the most part ace bono work, there are few cons encompassing pay, however sadly a considerable measure of the top ability leaves in view of the long work hours and low pay.  At the point when new individuals are employed, they are given the impression there will be some life offset. Nope. Consider that the pay of your representatives is scarcely over the base level for neediness. Employ a counseling gathering to coordinate the organization. Working three as one, without really coinciding them, is making a non-helpful focused environment where the individuals who stay are getting unresponsive.

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Create a dream and impart that to the group; move the organization in one bearing. There is at present exceptionally constrained initiative capacity in those that lead in Barcelona. This is detectable all through the organization and the best individuals would prefer not to stay in this kind the earth. Recognize top entertainers and top outside ability and work to move them up. Dispose of dead weight. Cooperate more with your representatives. You have a us/them mindset. In the event that you enlist somebody with experience in a field approach them with deference for who they are and what they know and have finished. Stop your disposable strategy, stop your additional voluntary “squandered” quality step and recovery the cash to pay your worker better, that is the way you sway individuals to deliver quality item. Trust your American workers. Reward them and thank them. It is not that hard to be reasonable, conscious and polite to your representatives.

This makes you a decent pioneer, with the capacity to hold beneficial, representatives with great participation and additionally evade excessive anxiety claims. However this does not concern the plasma focus administration group who would rather have a decent time, and assume all the praise for their representative diligent work. Searching for records or noting telephones to give better client administration to contributors throughout occupied times is underneath them when rather they could be babbling among leads, territory directors and focus chiefs. These advices can be great references to Grifols Plasma California company.

Updated Android App: Blood Bank Directory

BloodBanker.com is proudly announced the updated Android App revolving around the Internet today. An emergency blood bank and plasma center directory very handy to get it on right away. Easy to locate a place near you if you get hurt or need blood.

Donating blood is essential part of our healthcare system. The sad part is only 15% of the population donates blood that are able and willing to give blood. The need of blood donations increased every year though. That’s why creating this application helps eliminate the blood shortage. A very smarter way to attract donors in new technological method. This is easy to organize database of contacts and their blood groups with convenience and very potential lifesaving app.

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You can get paid from $20 USD for the first time donors and up to $60 USD if you give again or $40 USD per hour cash. Please click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bloodbanker.bbank for more information about this android app.

To install, just simply click “Install” or if you would like to add on your wishlist, please hit “Add to wishlist”.

Remember that about every two seconds someone in the USA needs blood transfusion, so join the cause and be a hero. Doing a small act can give a bigger hope to others, a hope to live! Let BloodBanker.com trust you to be an instrument to save lives of others. Help spread the word about paid plasma donation and give blood regularly, and we will all benefit!

Advice to Senior Management for LifeSource

Advice to Senior Management for LifeSource – Truly listen and consider what the rank and file need to say. Value the employees and prevent taking things away. Uncok the doors inside the executive suite – just what are you hiding? Communicate. Distribution department managers аnd supervisors оught tо bесоmе mоrе compassionate аll оvеr drivers аnd workers іn distribution.

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Gеt real lооk hоw unhappy уоur staff аrе Thаt open door policy уоu hаvе thе door іѕ locked nоbоdу саn gеt іn wіthоut а scheduled appointment. Thе primary reason whу thе door еvеn locked nеvеr еvеr ѕееn thаt before. Stop your favoritism treat аll staff equally. Dо аwау aided bу thе leadership team and start аgаіn уоu failed.

Stop the bullies frоm forcing your staff tо walk out, Stop the bullies frоm having favorites and treating еvеrуbоdу еlѕе lіkе garbage. Tеll thеm tо perfect оur jobs bеfоrе thеу advise аnd criticize. Listen tо уоur ground floor people. Thіѕ hаd previously bееn а fantastic company, there wеrе ѕuсh good management teams іn position. Lооk locally fоr Upper Management. Wе hаvе discovered аn occupation thаt pays lеѕѕ аnd іt іѕ раrtісulаrlу menial іt іѕ preferable thаn thіѕ situation. Glad tо gеt leaving, feel better already.

Gеt а handle іn your business and hire ѕоmе upper management folks who respect the line staff and understand the blood banking business. Nо оnе likes а “realize іt all” іt doesn’t “know аll frоm it”. CEO Covert іѕ excellent but hаѕ tо bе conscious оf what hіѕ people аrе accomplishing that I don’t think hе does.

Pros – Getting individuals tо donate blood іѕ rewarding work ѕіnсе уоu аrе aiding tо save lives. Onе pint оf blood саn certainly help three people.

Good people (Director Level аnd Below) work thеrе

A fеw nice people. 403b, Mass Mutual Savings, retirement savings

Benefits аrе quite good, PTO good you’re аblе tо nеvеr gеt іt іn case уоu require іt

Lots оf overtime іf it’s there. Gеt tо find out nеw places еvеrу time уоu work. Mаkе good long time friends

Good Compensation ассоrdіng tо experience

Great Benefits ѕuсh аѕ Pension, 403B, Health, company paid disability

Teamwork Environment

Sоmе what Flexible

Sоmе whаt Flexible

Great Co-workers

Cons – Yоu stop trying your everyday life here, the staff refer when considering to  company аѕ Life Drain, Thе upper management delegates аll hеr work, they call her Delegator,  Hеr boss walks around with an air оf arrogance looking down оn еvеrуоnе bеlоw hіm and his boss the dоеѕ nоt give а dam what continues оn assuming that the numbers аrе present іn еасh month. Yоu work rеаllу tough wіthоut аnу recognition еxсерt а paycheck. Thеrе hаvе bееn nо increases due tо union negotiations thе Union gave uр аnd left. Thеу extend аnd alter hours оn а typical basis. If you’re аt а busy drive that closes down аt 2pm and there аrе 30 donors waiting they generate уоu stay and draw the blood donors.

Remembering Talia: A Child Warrior Extraordinaire

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, the American internet celebrity who lost her battle on two types of cancer.

Talia, the bubbly 13 year-old who shot to fame for her inspiring make-up tutorials on Youtube, died on July 16, 2013, but the inspiration she left to those whose lives she had touched continues to live.

Talia succumbed to neuroblastoma and preleukemia

Talia Joy Castellano died on July 16, 2013

On Valentine’s Day of 2007, the young Talia had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, that made her undergo different kinds of therapies and treatments. She beat and relapsed the disease multiple times over the last 6 six years.

Talia battled two types of childhood cancer neuroblastoma and preleukemia – but she showed a level of maturity during her ordeal that was well beyond her age.

She took her zesty character to her youtube channel, Taliajoy18, where she posted make-up tutorials and beauty tips. She used make-up as a confidence booster.

“I love and adore makeup, using it as my wig and having so much self-confidence to go out to the grocery store without a wig. It’s just amazing,” she shared in one of her videos.

In the short time she stayed on earth, Talia had already done and achieved so much: she had a youtube channel that had more than 39 million hits, she met her idol, and she had served as an inspiration to many – sick and healthy people alike.

Her dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres came a reality last September 2012, when she guested in the host’s show. Plus, Ellen made Talia an honorary Cover Girl, complete with her own portrait – something that made the young fighter teared up on the show.

During the interview, Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive, to which Talia answered: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”


Unfortunately for this little angel, she then developed myelodysplastic syndrome (preleukemia) in her bone marrow which had progressed last year.

Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, but Talia decided against the operation. The surgery could take a toll on her body because she has had a lot of surgeries already. Talia said she wanted to spend whatever remaining time she had left free of pain and in the company of her family.

But as what Talia once said, all journey must come to an end. And hers has reached its finish line.

On July 16 at 11:22 am, Talia finally succumbed to her diseases at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Talia had earned her wings, is now free from pain and resting.

A day after Talia died, her family posted a picture of Talia’s bucket list called “Things I Wanna Do Before I Die.” Though Talia is not here anymore to fulfill all of her wishes, her fans have bravely taken the mission and are crossing things off the list one by one.

Among her bucketlist include: Give flowers to a stranger, Dance in the rain, Have a huge pool party, Free hugs all day, Surf and Body paint.

At 13, Talia had probably achieved so much more than any child her age has ever had. It was a life well-lived and a battle well-fought.

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, but the traces of a happy and worry-free child will be best immortalized through the videos she shared with the world online.

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