Best 23 Plasma Centers in Kent, WA with Reviews -

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By: Janet J.
C S L Plasma Kent 112
I called first to inquire about giving blood. I was told that I could bring in some things to prove that I am who I said I was (paperwork, id) and they would set me up. I went in about 5pm and they close at 6pm. They said it takes 2 to 3 hours the first time to get set up. They said my paperwork needed poststamps from the postoffice on it and that my SS# paperwork needed to say SS# on it. That was fine. What was not fine was the attitude. It would have been nice to be met with a nice friendly face at the front counter instead of a gestapo receptionist. I will go back with my new paperwork, but I am hesitant. The guy on the phone sounded friendly. Please people....can we all try to be friendly to each other? I looked around when I was in there. There were about 2 to 3 clients/customers in there at the time. It looked clean, but I believe they could make an effort to make it a more friendly place to go.
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By: David W.
C S L Plasma Kent 112
I am not an adult, but when i went to the Kent clinic with outdated info(only found out when i was told by the woman at the front desk). She told me in an almost understandable way. I Believe even Teenager's plasma is as good as adults. if CSL Plasma let teenagers age 17 at the least donate with consent from a parent, couldn't we save a ton more lives? i mean it would be nice to donate plasma and know that i'm saving lives a lot more often than i would blood. even if i wasn't paid, i'd still be happy knowing that i'm helping save lives. But, unfortunately, CSL doesn't do that, and i'm not sure they ever will or if they ever did.
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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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