I cant speak for all donation centers, but I do know about the one in our area, as DH works for them.
Ours gives out snack and juices to donors after donating if they are feeling weak or sick afterwards, or just feel hungry. Alot of people dont even want the snacks. They have more heartier snacks for donors who have a reaction during or after donating.
Our centers pay $45 a week and thats for 2 donations a week. They are working on a program to pay a little more to donors who have documented immunties to a few certian diseases in order to help formulate a new plasma product for treatments for immune deficiencies.
As with all donation centers, you are left laying there with a 17gage needle in your arm during the whole donation process....which can cause bruising. Its a big needle and the more you move, the more likely it will bruise and cause issues. Our center doesnt allow you to use your cell phone or anything during a donation, and if you fall asleep during one, you get woke up...fall asleep again and the donation is stopped. They do this to make sure that no one gets hurt from the big ole needle in thier arms.
My DH does alot of sticking there. He has donors that only let him stick them, and he does it 2x a week for them. He said hardly ever are there bruises
The main reasons for bruising after a donation, is a pleb who isnt properelly inserting the needle, too much movement during the donation process, and an attendent turing the return blood flow rate up too high. There are procedures set up to p[revent this, but yes it will still happen.
Originally Posted by llamalluv
The donation is less hard on the body, but except for my experience with one rude blood donation attendant, I've found that the blood donation people are nicer and more gentle than the plasma people. The care that is taken (or not taken) in inserting and removing the IV's contributes to the amount of bruising that will result. I never had bruising after donating blood, but I always had bruises from the plasma donations.
Your right! Plasma donation is much easier on the body and makes the donation easier to recover from since your not losing whole blood.
Originally Posted by neetling
I have always had bad experienced donating blood. I loose all my color, the nurse looks at me says "uh oh" and flips my legs up and my head down as my ears start ringing and I get tunnel vision.
Does this happen with plasma? I assure you I am of proper weight. I have a universal blood type so I'd like to be able to donate, but it really makes me feel icky.
Oh - and as a germ phobe with OCD, how can they guarantee the blood is okay to go back into your body. My common sense says they must be able to not mix it with anyone else's bodily fluids, but my OCD self who has never seen it wonders how.
You may have a reaction donating plasma....but if asked they can make sure to do a slow donate....in otherwards may take you an hour to do the donation itself. Eating well the day before, and staying well hydrated helps alot. And DH always tells donors who react to make sure that before coming in that they eat a full meal and drink plenty of water.
On an average day they have 10 donors out of the 200+ they do have reactions, ranging from just feeling funny, puking, to passing out....typically DH says they just feel really dizzy and need to eat and drink something. Some of this is due to the blood thinner and stuff used during the donation process.
Originally Posted by llamalluv
All of the tubing and vials are single use. You can ask the "intake" person about that, and they will probably show you the parts that touch the blood. All of them are replaced between donations. It's the same type of equipment as is used in "double red" (or power red) donations, only they give your blood cells back (with IV fluids) and keep the clear-ish plasma. If you do decide to try it, take a blanket. The IV fluids are room temperature, which means they are lower than your body temp, and you will be cold.
Your right too! Aside from the machines, everything used that goes between the machine and you are all single use items. Machines are steralized between donors...as are the beds and such. The donation process itself is very sterile. Our center here doesnt give IV fluids with blood return....they are in the process though of trying it to see if it reduces the amount of reactions though.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me....I can get DH to answer them for ya