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By: Lys N.
Csl Plasma
I made an account just to review this place, as it seems you cannot comment on it anywhere else. I will never go back and I wish I had never went. If the parking lot with bloody bandages strewn doesn't run you off the rest will. Half of the staff should be fired immediately. If their goal is to get more people to donate having some very rude, poorly trained staff members is not going to help. The whole place is quite dirty, some of them do not change their gloves enough & seem to be genuinely annoyed they have to do their job. There is no drug test, unfortunately. They need a security guard for everyone including staff safety when open to the public, that would help, I have seen donors threaten them over deferrals. Having said all this a few of the staff members were friendly & sanitary, they really need to look for some new people and I bet it would be a far better experience for everyone. I do not know how this place has not been shut down. I cannot speak for the other CSL centers.
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By: Heather F.
Csl Plasma
The staff is very rude especially the manager and they are very slow. I have been there many times but i haven't been there in a while so when i went back i was suppose to be a new donner after going thru all there steps and 2 hours later the manager comes in and tells me I can't donate because i have a new tattoo which i proceeded to tell her they are a over a year old and she wants to argue with me and tell me i am lying about them and that I'm lying about everything else and told me i can't come back for a year. Why would a manager sit and argue for 10 minutes over something stupid with someone that she has no clue about so therefore i really didn't want to give them a star because they don't deserve one at all they are very rude!!!
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By: Amanda M.
Csl Plasma
Everytime I go I'm there no less than two hours and it only takes me 30 minutes to donate. I've been there up to 4 hours before. It's ridiculous. Especially when I only get paid $15 the first time in a week and $20 the second time. I didn't get $50 when I started like I thought I only got $35. As much as they make off of the plasma I donate it looks like they could pay more.
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By: Warren W.
Csl Plasma
I would like to say how thoroughly frustrated I am with this place. I spent nearly 3 hours waiting in a chair for them to tell me I can't donate because I'm gay. Even after telling them it's been over a year since I've been sexually active with another male and being tested for hiv and other stds a month prior to my visit. I am a person too and should be treated like one.
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By: Steffani J.
CSL Plasma
The only things that stayed the same are the faces we all recognize. It was time for a new location, got it. And, its in and out.
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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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