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By: Cheryl B.
Biomat USA
I went 2x the forst time was about 8 00 am they told me over the phone that they dont make appointments,but if i came within the hour i woukd be fine. When i got there at 835 am they said it wasvto late. The second visit got there at 7 30 am by,11 30 am all they had done was have me fill out the paperwork. I left , 4 hours i sat there with only paper work filled out. Someone needs to do something. Now iam looking for another place to donate. I thought i was doing a good thing. Turns out the staff must not think so
By: Clem S.
Biomat USA
Around 3pm on a weekday it was very busy already many mostly black men waiting to donate plasma for cash. The staff were wandering around. angry staff including Parveena asked me to uncover my bandage. Then claimed the cut was red with infection so they refused to let me donate. it was neither red nor infected. the staff including manager Eric G. and Parveena have very bad attitudes they'll make up lies to reject you.
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By: Donte C.
Biomat USA
4hrs just to fill out application. 3 1/2 more to finish. This place has HORRIBLE management and coordination.
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By: admin77036
C S L Plasma Inc
Awesome donation center. Definately worth my drive. Clean, staff treat you with respect. If its ur first time, allow 4 hrs. They do not pay cash but its loaded onto a debit card. I highly recommend this location.
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By: Devin W.
American Plasma Inc
Blah blah blah it's GoBe don't go there there's nothing 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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