Blood donation - page 2

:D We have started having a blood drive at my hospital about twice a year. I gave a donation today and I feel great. I don't know if it's the temporary loss of hgb to carry O2 to my brain, or if... Read More

  1. by   ceecel.dee
    They've taken 3 gallons from this slow bleeder!
  2. by   Whisper
    Wow, you guys have donated so much blood, I started donating blood as soon as I turned 17, so I have no where near donated the amount you guys have.

    I was wondering the does the Blood Service in the USA send out letters trying to get you to donate more than they usually recomend. (here it is 2-3 times a year) And because I am O+ve I seem to get those letter quite often
  3. by   np2b
    I gave pretty regularly until I went to southern Mexico early this year, and there is a malaria risk. I'm out for the next 12 months. However, I recently DID sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program....all it takes to get registered is to fill out a short form and to get a blood draw. Once they have you, they have you in their registry until you're 61. (Registration doesn't require can drop out at any time.)

    More info is here:
  4. by   CATHYW
    Why, sure! I am also going to begin platelet (phoresis) donation in aabout 5 weeks, as well. You can donate platelets every 28 days, did yuo know that?
  5. by   canoehead
    i gave like clockwork in canada but in the usa they have too many damn rules. you must read the list every time you go and if you don't take enough time theymake you read it again. now at my centre they have a 4page read about testing for hiv with a new technology, must read it every time (arghhh) they need the card every time, even though it doesn't have any info they use, or even though i know my own name etc, and they ask for picture id as well. the last time i was standing waiting to donate and they said i wasn't allowed to stand there and had to stand "here" 6" away. so i did.

    i used to be a faithful donor, now i have to psych myself up and i go twice a year or so, with gritted teeth. what if they had a streamlined procedure for those that have been doing this say, more than 10 years?? i think i've figured out that i can't donate when sick, or if i recently used heroin. after all we go to help people and wouldn't knowingly donate dangerous blood.

    or how about the automaton nurses ("what's your race?") duh, ("put this pillow under your head") i moved it because i'm comfortable this way ("don't look at the needle when i stick you...i can't do it unless you are not looking") please.
    or stop asking questions that are none of your business ("do you have a job? where do you work? what dod you do there?")
    or ditch the 15min incarceration post stick (i've been doing this a long time, i'm not going to get sick) and the force feeding (i ate before donating like you told me and i'm not hungry)

    i say let them run dry and then they can pay me to put up with that crap.

    canoehead knows she is a cynical unsympathetic ***** and doesn't need any constructive comments, thanks
  6. by   semstr
    I'd love to donate, but I weigh under 50 kg and they won't take me. I am O+, I told them to take at least a small pediatric bag of me, but no change!!

    Take care and keep it on, Renee
  7. by   RN-PA
    Canoehead, the "hassle factor" related to blood donations is a real problem. In our area, they've been trying to expedite the process by making appointments so folks don't have to wait so long. If I haven't made an appointment, I try to go when the site first opens; I used to go when it seemed all but two phlebotomists were taking their dinner breaks around 4:00 and spent a lot of time waiting.

    I agree that the crazy paperwork is a hassle, too. Almost every time I donate, it seems like there're some new questions and forms and procedure. The waste of paper as the forms are continually changed by the Red Cross over the years must be incredible. I just always try to allow myself lots of time and accept all the hassles to be able to donate blood, but I'm sure these things keep potential donors like yourself away, which is a shame.
  8. by   cbs3143
    The Red Cross called me up to ask me to donate a couple of years ago. Set up a time and everything for me to go there. I could handle that. I'm a gallon donor who got out of the habit of going. Actually, I volunteered for the Red Cross for several years and just got tired of being screwed over by their staff two or three times a year. Anyway, I showed up at the appointed time and told the receptionist that I had an appointment. I was told that they don't make appointments and I could get in line behind the 20 some others waiting to donate. I told her not to call people up and set up appointments if they don't honor them and walked out the door. I was definitely not a Red Cross fan before the 9-11 mess, but was not surprised by all the fallout.
  9. by   shay
    I have donated 6 times. I have passed out immediately after donation 6 times. I eat before, I weigh enough (TRUST me), and my hgb is fine. I'm just a needle weenie.

    I donated after 9/11 after a 7 year hiatus. I passed out, then woke up and promptly hurled into a paper bag. How dignified.

  10. by   James Huffman
    Rustyhammer writes:

    I almost hate to admit it but I have never donated.
    You may find this strange but I hate to get poked!
    I can give shots all day long but when they are pointed towards me I feel like I'm going to pass out!!
    I have been teased and called a wimp and a woosey and many don't understand it.
    I'm too embarrassed to give blood.
    Can you imagine a nurse passing out giving blood?

    Rusty, you'd be shocked to know how many nurses hate getting poked. Don't let it bother you.

    Remember, there are two "you's": the professional you, and the personal you. Never confuse them. It's the job of the professional you to (or part of the job, anyway) to poke. That's not the job of the personal you. And if you don't like getting poked, you are certainly in good company.

    This was brought home vividly to me once when I examined a local surgeon: a real blood and guts, internal guy. He asked me if he could lay down on his examining table. "I tend to pass out at the sight of blood," he related. I didn't ask him the obvious question: your blood or someone else's?

    Jim Huffman, RN
  11. by   KimRN22
    Hello!!! I donate on a regular basis. I agree, it makes you feel like you are doing something worthwhile !!!! Saving a life!!!
  12. by   MollyJ
    I'm about a three gallon donor. I don't usually donate when I'm doing clinical nursing even though I know they don't defer for that. I'd just hate to give someone something inadvertently even though I consider myself pretty faithful to universal precautions.

    The American Red Cross allows donation every 56 days here in US. I have to take iron to do that or I get deferred about every 3rd donation. I agree, getting DEFERRED for any reason is like a slap. It's hard to soften it.

    I've donated since my 20's and the paperwork has increased dramatically with the onset of HIV. Also, calls for greater accountability by the ARC dramatically increased paperwork. If you've been in clinical nursing, you can identify with that, right?

    I try to come to my appointment well hydrated. I had a lab tech friend who recommended two big glasses of water prior to your stick and it helps alot. and then fluids after.

    I salute those who donate with crummy veins. That's a big, mother bear needle and I don't know if I'd traumatize my veins for it if they weren't good. I might need my veins sometime.

    I think we experienced blood donors should always be open to taking a newbie with us. It helps to go with an experienced person, but realistically I have trouble getting my own body there.

    Canoe, just suck it up with the paperwork. How many times have YOUR patients been impatient with your paperwork demands. Go for it.
  13. by   JWRN
    I donate every month, started donating platelets about 2 years ago, now they can get all three components (RBC, Plt, and Plasma) at the same
    time, on me it takes about 70-75 minutes, one needle stick..Neat machine that does this in the apheresius room at the teaching hospital I used to work at...So I donate every month, try to sometimes it is about every 6 weeks, though because of work.....I have donated at the same place for over 6 years now, so they know me, the two techs in the apheresis room are very nice, and are the only ones I will let stick me. Some hassle in paperwork, but most of the time they have a printed label for most of the top (name, age, address, dates, etc......) I am up to 7 gallons of blood and 4 gallons of plts....Now that they take all three components at once, I do not know how they count them......