How to Donate Blood for Newbies and Needle-Haters
Platelets, used in the treatment of transplant and chemotherapy patients. Plasma, used in the treatment of burn and trauma patients. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 165,055 times. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. The needle might pinch when it’s going in, but this part of the process shouldn’t hurt.
Acceptable if it has been more than 3 months since you completed treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea. Wait 3 months after returning from a trip to an area where malaria is found. Acceptable if you were vaccinated with SHINGRIX providing you are symptom-free and fever-free. The second shot is administered 2-6 months after the first shot.
Blood Donation Rules & Requirements
Plasma donation, also known as plasmapheresis, is a great way to help people in need while earning a couple of bucks. Plasma is a component in your blood that helps promote clotting, but it also carries other parts of your blood, including platelets. Plasma is in high demand because it’s a key ingredient in medical research and pharmaceuticals. If donating your plasma sounds like something you may be interested in, read on to learn everything you need to know about what to expect when you book an appointment to donate your plasma. Those with sickle cell disease are not eligible to donate. Learn how blood donations help those affected by Sickle Cell Disease.
- If you have traveled or lived in a malaria-risk country, a waiting period is required before you can donate blood.
- Adults with small or thin veinsTable showing the most common needles used for blood collection.
- The other gauge needles like 25 to 30 are too small for drawing blood, although the 25 gauge may be used to draw blood from very small and fragile veins.
- Check each donation center’s website to find their pay scale.
- See under Travel Outside of U.S.Learn more about vCJD and blood donation.
The best part about automated donation is that you know you are giving the blood component most needed for patients. Your voluntary blood donation helps meet the needs of patients in local medical facilities. Anyone at least 16 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds, and is in good health can donate blood. Plasmapheresis is frequently used to collect source plasma that is used for manufacturing into medications much like the plasma from whole blood.
Do butterfly needles work on adult veins?
A tattoo is acceptable if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused. Cosmetic tattoos applied in a licensed establishment in a regulated state using sterile needles and ink that is not reused is acceptable. Wait 3 months after receiving any type of organ transplant from another person. If you ever received a dura mater transplant, you are not eligible to donate.
Since the donated blood may be given to pregnant women or women of child-bearing age, donors taking teratogenic (birth defect-causing) medications are deferred. These medications include acitretin, etretinate, isotretinoin, finasteride, and dutasteride. The American Red Cross states that in the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds, and someone needs platelets every thirty seconds. One type of blood being in stock does not guarantee that another type is. Blood banks may have some units in stock but lack others, ultimately causing the patients that need units for specific blood types to have delayed or canceled procedures. This was supported in 1998 where blood donations to the Red Cross increased to 8%, totaling 500,000 units but hospitals’ need for donations increased by 11%.