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By: Ken E.
Biomat USA
I am proud to announce I have been donating plasma on a regular basis for about a year now and I’ve never felt better. Knowing I, along with Grifols, am helping to save lives leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment each and every time I donate. The price I pay for that feeling is only a few hours each week. The Wible Grifols team has earned my respect and admiration. They make it a point to genuinely welcome you. Along with their professionalism, the first name basis adds a special touch to the atmosphere. You will immediately notice that your safety is their top priority. I have donated in the mornings as well as in the afternoons and have yet to notice any inconsistency in performing their duties. Their interaction with the donors makes for a very comfortable setting. A few of the team members have shared that they too have donated in the past. That alone creates a valuable link between staff and donor. I hope after reading my input on the Wible “Team Grifols” that you will become an active donor as well. It’s a Win-Win, there is no downside. Oh, I almost forgot to mention you get paid for helping to save lives. Also, the “give a ways” add a fun touch. See you there.
Tips & Advices
One study cited by the National Institutes of Health found only 1.2 percent of blood donors experienced any kind of adverse reaction from giving blood. The most common side effects from giving blood are relatively mild:
  • Lightheadedness upon standing is common. Donors are encouraged to rest for at least 15 minutes after the procedure while drinking water and eating a small snack. Some donors find they become nauseous after the procedure, but this should subside quickly.
  • Pain and some bruising around the injection site is common. Pain should be mild, but it is normal for bruising to persist for several days.
  • For a few days afterward, the loss of blood may induce dizziness or feelings of weakness when performing strenuous activity. Donors are advised to avoid physical exertion for 24 hours after the procedure, and to be cautious when exercising for the following week.
Very rarely, blood donors may vomit or faint immediately after the procedure. This is generally benign and will resolve itself within hours. Donors should seek medical attention if they experience significant pain or tingling in their arm and around the injection site, or if bruising does not subside within a week. If a donor shows signs of a cold or flu in the days following the procedure, they should call the blood center since this may make the blood sample unsafe to use.
By definition, blood donation is voluntary and done without compensation. Some blood banks do offer cash or other rewards for giving blood. Whether donors are paid or not, blood banks typically serve as intermediaries between blood sources and hospitals. Even voluntarily donated blood is usually tested, separated and sold to medical services for use in blood transfusions and other procedures.
Blood donations are considered safe when performed by trained professionals who follow all the necessary procedures. In healthy donors, side effects are generally mild (see below), and serious complications are rare.
Different organizations have their own restrictions on who is eligible to give blood. The most common requirements stipulate donors must be old enough to give legal consent (17 in most states) and should be in good physical health. Most organizations prohibit donations from people with diseases that can be transmitted through blood, such as HIV and hepatitis. Beyond that, organizations may prevent donations from people who have traveled to or lived in certain countries where there is a greater risk of disease. There might be additional restrictions in place as eligibility for blood donation is at the sole discretion of the organization collecting it.
Blood centers typically  allow eligible donors to undergo a whole blood donation once every 16 weeks (56 days). Donations through apheresis are allowed every seven days, up to 24 times per year.

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