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Do you donate blood?

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PetiteOpRN has 11 years experience and specializes in PeriOperative.

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I get cut/stuck/exposed often enough that I am rarely, if ever, able to donate.

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pielęgniarka is a RN and specializes in Hem/Onc, LTC, AL, Homecare, Mgmt, Psych.

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I donate blood whenever I can. My kid had cancer many years ago and needed multiple transfusions. To return the favor whenever I can is the least I can do. I sent in blood for typing with a the bone marrow registry as well (past 8 years) but haven't gotten called in. For me it would be a dream to be able to be a matching donor and help someone with their BMT.

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jenn_nurse specializes in I/DD.

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I donate regularly. I try to go every 8-10 weeks. Sometimes I am deferred for low hemoglobin, but if I remember to load up on iron rich foods in the week before I go I am OK. I have also been deferred for: an irregular heartbeat (side effect of medication I didn't notice I was having until they felt the skipped beats), recent vaccination post human bite (that was a 1 year deferral, although they don't routinely ask about humn bites), and because I have dated men who have sex with men. The American Red Cross changed the guidelines so that a woman who has had sex with a MSM can doate after 1 year. This is the one that annoys me the most, as I know what my safer sex practices are, the frequency with which I have STD testing, and the recent STD results of a partner. I was a person who donated before I ever became a nurse, so I know that being a nurse didn't contribute to my donating blood, although my comfort with donating blood may have had something to do with the personality traits that also led me into nursing.

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SaraO'Hara has 5 years experience and specializes in LTC, subacute rehab.

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No - permanent deferral. I lived in Germany during the Mad Cow scare.

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BluegrassRN has 14 years experience.

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Lived in Europe during Mad Cow. Can't donate.

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pfongk has 20ish years experience and specializes in Aged care, disability, community.

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Haven't donated recently, I've recently given birth and had to have the anti-D shots so I don't know when I'll be able to donate again. I have had problems as well with hypotension. So long as I fluid load though I'm fine.

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I used too but I don't anymore. I just get too sick afterwards.

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience.

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No. underweight.

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I used to, but I get so sick afterward that I finally stopped. The last time, I spent the rest of the day lying down on the couch, because anytime I tried to get up, I almost fainted. Not fun.

I donated for years without issue, so it's strange.

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I use to donate blood, until my median nerve was hit during a donation. Luckily I was on vacation because I couldn't use my arm for 2 weeks with the pain, tingling, and feeling like my hand was in ice water all the time. Now, I still have periodic pain and tingling. I just can't take the risk.

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sunnycalifRN has 6 years experience.

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I donate platelets and plasma (apheresis). I used to donate blood regularly but they wanted my platelets and plasma more! 131 donations and counting.

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MrWarmHearted specializes in Emergency.

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No. It is against Bible principles (Acts 15:28-29). Of course, we all want the best treatments possible - and although common, blood transfusions, are NOT the gold standard. Blood banks can NOT guarantee safety - why would anyone knowingly put themselves at risk? Additionally, there are blood alternatives now that are more safe and cost-effective.

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