Blood Donation

Blood donation is often referred to giving the gift of life. When a person donates blood, it usually goes into a special blood bank to be used by surgery patients, accident victims, children with leukemia, and many other people. Blood banks are sometimes depleted during times such as natural disasters, and are often looking for volunteers to help keep them full.

2,848 Questions

Can you give blood if you take lithium?

I found the following list of medications that prevent you from donating blood: Accutune Advart Insulin Propecia Proscar Soriatune Tegison

I have checked a number of other sites and nowhere does it list any mood stabilizing drugs - if nothing else you can always ask the volunteer drawing the blood to be sure, but it should be fine.

Concerning volunteer blood donation and medications, aside from drugs specifically listed by the FDA, most deferrals are for the associated medical condition, not the medication itself. Concerning lithium and blood donation, as long as the donor's underlying condition is stable and the donor is responsible for their own actions, they would be allowed to become a blood donor.

Can you donate blood if you've had shingles?

Yes. They will want you to have recovered from it, and be healthy, but that is fine. Shingles isn't 'in' your blood. You will have to have had no piercings/tattoos in the last year, gone out of the country in the last year, and be above the weight limit, but otherwise, you should be good to go. go give blood!

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Can A negative blood group girls marry O positive blood group boys?

Of course. Blood type has nothing to do with marriage. The only complications that may arise are during pregnancy. If the child is positive like the father it increases the chance of miscarriage, this however is not a serious concern as the woman can take a shot to correct the problem. It is very common and doctors always check for it.

Is it safe for girls to donate blood?

Yes if you are over 16 it is perfectly safe and fine.

What is the highest sum insured given till date under a D and O policy?

Are you sure you don't mean an ''E'' and O policy? If so you will need to search court cases for that answer, and still many settlements are confidential.

Is it normal to pee blood while not on your period?

No. It could be lots of things, kidney infection or bladder infection. Go to a doctor.

Why is it that have High hematocrit cannot donate blood?

High Hematocrit means that the person is unhealthy and suffering from any one of a number of medical conditions.

It also means that the blood is more viscous than is required and can cause damage to the heart.

Where in Houston can you get paid to donate plasma?

Grifols Biomat USA

Advertisement in hand says that new donors get $70 for two donations in the first week and return donors get $50/week.


1223 W. 43rd Street, Houston TX 77018

Mon, Wed 8am-6pm / Tue, Thur, Friday 8am - 4pm

Saturday 8am - 3pm

Bring Drivers License, SS Card, Proof of Address

It takes about 3 hours to do it the first time, because you have to take a short physical and urine test. After that, depending on the wait time, it takes about an hour. The prices are now down to $30 for the first 4 times (as long as they are within a 2 week period) and then it goes down to $25 per donation. However, right now they are doing a "retention bonus" where you get an extra $5 for your 5th donation, and an extra $10 for the 6th donation.

What is volume expansion after blood donation?

After you donate blood, the amount of blood taken isn't in your bloodstream anymore. Now you have to replace the volumn of the loss by hydration. This will ensure that you are not walking around with 500cc or so of blood loss. Most of the blood in your bloodstream is water anyways, so most of the hydration will replace it pretty quick. If you are a small frame person, small amounts of blood loss could cause you to be "anemic" temporarily, so you may pass out or feel dizzy until your body replaces the volumn thus maintaining the normal blood pressure your body is used to.

Why O blood group can't receive blood from other blood groups but can donate blood to other groups?

Type O blood, found in approximately 40-45% of the world's population, does not have the terminal sugars on red cell membranes that determine type A, B or AB blood groups. In the ABO system, blood types follow Landsteiner's Rule: An individual will produce naturally occurring antibodies directed against non-self ABO antigens. Since type O RBC's do not have A or B sugars, "O" red cells may be transfused to generally any recipient (respective for Rh). Type O recipients, however, have strongly reactive anti-A, anti-B and anti-AB IgG and IgM antibodies (unique to type O individuals) in their plasma. If incompatible red cells are transfused to an "O" recipient, an acute hemolytic transfusion reaction may occur, potentially leading to renal failure and death.

Do sponges have blood?

Sponges do not have blood. They do not have a circulatory system either.

How rare is ab negative blood?

1% or less

About 1% of the population has AB- blood. There are slight differences in the percentage from country to country but in the US and most other countries AB- is approximately 1%

Type AB negative blood is quite rare. In general, the percentage of this blood type in any population is less than 1%. This is due to the fact that type AB blood is the least common type of blood in virtually all populations and, furthermore, Rh negative blood is typically found in only 15% or less of any population. The exact percentage of AB negative blood varies among different ethnic groups and in different geographic regions. For example, the overall U.S. average is approximately 0.6%, the value in African-Americans is about 0.2%, and the value in Oriental-Americans, Hawaiians, North American Indians, and Australian Aborigines is virtually zero percent.

What happens if you don't donate blood?

Nothing would actually happen but someone could actually die as they need that blood.

But really nothing happens and not everyone donates blood so it doesn't matter much!

Can you donate blood after drinking?

Blood collection staff will not collect volunteer donations from potential donors who are obviously intoxicated, or if they can detect the smell of alcohol on the donor. This has nothing to do with the ETOH in the product, the amounts present will have no effect on the recipient. Rather, it is prevent possible donor reactions such as syncope, nausea, seizure activity, etc.

Why people drink orange juice after blood donation?

There is no medical reason for orange juice.

Important is only volume of any juice you like.

What is the opening themesong to Blood Plus?


"Aozora No Namida" by Takahashi Hitomi is one of them. But for each fase of the story there's a new one.
"Seasons Call" by Hyde is the most famous of them.

3. "Raion" (or possibly "Lion") by Jinn

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Can diabetics donate blood?

No. Diabetics cannot give blood in the UK. The National Blood Transfusion Service concludes that donating could have negative implication for the donor and therefore it is not allowed. The insulin uptake can be altered by blood loss.

Yes they can. UK is idiotic. A non diabetic can receive diabetic blood and since their pancreas is working it can get rid of the sugar in the blood. US and other countries allow it so UK needs to get with the times and learn more about diabetes.

Should the blood pressure medicines be taken before or after food?

I have never heard of taking BP meds with food. However some take their medicine in the morning and some in the evening. I take half in the AM and half at night. The key is what is best for you in a 24 hour period? Some BP meds make one tired, so; they take before bed. Also, if you take a diuretic I would take it early so you do not wake up all night to use the toilet. Ask your MD.

Can Gilbert's syndrome patients donate blood?

Yes. Current guidelines allow potential volunteer blood donors with a history of Gilbert's Syndrome (elevated Bilirubin) to donate.

What is the universal blood type?

Blood type O is considered to be the universal blood type, mainly because a person with O blood can donate and help any other blood type, whereas people with other blood types can only help people with the same blood type.

How is cirrhosis diagnosed?

The gold standard for diagnosis of cirrhosis is a liver biopsy, through a percutaneous, transjugular, laparoscopic, or fine-needle approach. Histologically cirrhosis can be classified as micronodular, macronodular, or mixed, but this classification has been abandoned since it is nonspecific to the etiology, it may change as the disease progresses, and serological markers are much more specific. However, a biopsy is not necessary if the clinical, laboratory, and radiologic data suggests cirrhosis. Furthermore, there is a small but significant risk to liver biopsy, and cirrhosis itself predisposes for complications due to liver biopsy.

The following findings are typical in cirrhosis:

  • Aminotransferases - AST and ALT are moderately elevated, with AST > ALT. However, normal aminotransferases do not preclude cirrhosis.
  • Alkaline phosphatase - usually slightly elevated.
  • GGT -- correlates with AP levels. Typically much higher in chronic liver disease from alcohol.
  • Bilirubin - may elevate as cirrhosis progresses.
  • Albumin - levels fall as the synthetic function of the liver declines with worsening cirrhosis since albumin is exclusively synthesized in the liver
  • Prothrombin time - increases since the liver synthesizes clotting factors.
  • Globulins - increased due to shunting of bacterial antigens away from the liver to lymphoid tissue.
  • Serum sodium - hyponatremia due to inability to excrete free water resulting from high levels of ADH and aldosterone.
  • Thrombocytopenia - due to both congestive splenomegaly as well as decreased thrombopoietin from the liver. However this rarely results in platete count < 50,000/mL.
  • Leukopenia and neutropenia - due to splenomegaly with splenic margination.
  • Coagulation defects - the liver produces most of the coagulation factors and thus coagulopathy correlates with worsening liver disease.
Other laboratory studies performed in newly diagnosed cirrhosis may include:
  • Serology for hepatitis viruses, autoantibodies (ANA, anti-smooth muscle, anti-mitochondria, anti-LKM)
  • Ferritin and transferrin saturation (markers of iron overload), copper and ceruloplasmin (markers of copper overload)
  • Immunoglobulin levels (IgG, IgM, IgA) - these are non-specific but may assist in distinguishing various causes
  • Cholesterol and glucose
  • Alpha 1-antitrypsin
Ultrasound is routinely used in the evaluation of cirrhosis, where it may show a small and nodular liver in advanced cirrhosis along with increased echogenicity with irregular appearing areas. Ultrasound may also screen for hepatocellular carcinoma, portal hypertension and Budd-Chiari syndrome. Other tests performed in particular circumstances include abdominal CT and liver/bile duct MRI (MRCP). Gastroscopy (endoscopic examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum) is performed in patients with established cirrhosis to exclude the possibility of esophageal varices. If these are found, prophylactic local therapy may be applied (sclerotherapy or banding) and beta blocker treatment may be commenced. If biliary pathology is suspected, ERCP may be performed. Generally MRCP (MRI of biliary tract and pancreas) is sufficient for diagnosis, but ERCP allows for particular interventions, such as placement of a biliary stent or extraction of gallstones. Macroscopically, the liver may be initially enlarged, but with progression of the disease, it becomes smaller. Its surface is irregular, the consistency is firm and the color is often yellow (if associates steatosis). Depending on the size of the nodules there are three macroscopic types: micronodular, macronodular and mixed cirrhosis. In micronodular form (Laennec's cirrhosis or portal cirrhosis) regenerating nodules are under 3 mm. In macronodular cirrhosis (post-necrotic cirrhosis), the nodules are larger than 3 mm. The mixed cirrhosis consists in a variety of nodules with different sizes. Microscopically, cirrhosis is characterized by regeneration nodules, surrounded by fibrous septa. In these nodules, regenerating hepatocytes are disorderly disposed. Portal tracts, central veins and the radial pattern of hepatocytes are absent. Fibrous septa are important and may present inflammatory infiltrate (lymphocytes, macrophages) If it is a secondary biliary cirrhosis, biliary ducts are damaged, proliferated or distended - bile stasis. These dilated ducts contain inspissated bile which appear as bile casts or bile thrombi (brown-green, amorphous). Bile retention may be found also in the parenchyma, as the so called "bile lakes"1.