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By: An N.
They are faster than the other place in WS. They have chairs to sit in. The kiosks respond better to your touch. Only con is that the employees talk way too much and do not seem well supervised. The manager seems to just let them run the place on their own. I hear a lot of personal chitchat and see employees texting while working. I overheard a couple of employees running another employee down while I was being hooked to a machine. Also they open the doors at a quarter to, and depending on who opens the door, decides how you go in. One employee just lets you in first come first serve, while another will let in the people sitting in there cars first and the others later. You never know whether to sit in your car or get out and wait. And the lady with the glasses will send you to the end of the line if she sees you standing outside near your car instead of sitting in it. People park in the handicap spots without handicap signs just to get closer to the door and they do not do anything about it. There system for people first thing in the morning needs to be fixed. They should set up an area for people to line up as they arrive. No more letting the people in cars go first. I saw people walk there or ride a bus and they should go sooner than those sitting in their cars since they arrived sooner. Also, never show any kind of attitude, THEY WILL DEFER YOU!
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By: Joan C.
The facility in WS is well run but needs appointments or a system that can be used by people waiting in the parking lot as they arrive so that the last to arrive are NOT the first to give plasma. I am often the first there and 20th in.
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By: Randy P.
the people are friendly and some what fast here....was in and out in less then an hour and a half.this is the only plasma center i will ever go to.
By: segadaddy
it fills good to help others in need.
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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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