Hello Plasma Donation Community!
Spring 2011 update!
Proud to announce a new way to find blood, cord, and plasma donation centers, on your mobile device. So far we only have an mobile app for the Android operating system.
Its called Blood Donation Gigs and is a way to find locations on your cell phone.
Download “Blood Donation Gigs” Android App
Download “Blood Donation Support Sticker” Android App
Anyone catch the “How it’s Made” blood donation episode? Well I’ve got it embedded below! It rocks!
The key points are:
- Unique blood banking machine, automated testing for Hepatitis B and C and HIV (aids virus)
- in only 8 hours, 5 different blood tests on 1000 donations
- Between tests the machine is sterilized
- Tests the blood type (there are 8 blood types!)
- Cool how gravity naturally separates the blood into different types.
- Blood is separated using a centrifuge into 4 types (red blood, white blood cells, plasma, platelets)
- Platelets only last 5 days, freeze plasma, use it for twelve months.
- filter out white blood cells from red ones using a Leuko reduction filter.
The Bloodbanker :>)
I get a ton of questions around how to donate blood, so I thought I’d make a post of the best videos. So here are some videos that show you the process in action. I’ll comment after each one so you know what the video is about before having to use up time watching it.
Also, check out this Cord Blood Banking Technology, this is a VERY interesting field that people are doing extremely ($$$) well in.
If your looking to donate blood then find a bank and/or leave your own comments here: Blood Bank Directory
Hey I hoped you enjoyed these videos, spread the word of BloodBanker.com!
And again, go here to Find a blood donation center near you
Tips to get your blood donation accepted
How to make a 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 suppliment 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:
- 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.
- Eat a meal prior to donation.
- 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.
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.