Donating blood

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Re: Donating blood

Postby philip » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:02 am

sogood wrote:Plasma is just water and blood protein and others, without the cells. And "performance" is all about blood oxygen carrying capacity, which in turn is dependent on the haemoglobin contained with red cells. So your understanding is correct.

great, thanks for the info
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Re: Donating blood

Postby MichaelB » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:58 am

Donated blood at work the other month, and went for the usual 45km ride in the hills that evening. No ill effects.

Want to try donating plasma, as it potentially has more uses.
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Re: Donating blood

Postby philip » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:42 pm

MichaelB wrote:Want to try donating plasma, as it potentially has more uses.

Not really sure what you mean by that, as when you do a full blood donation you are donating plasma - they separate the blood into its components when you do a full blood donation. From the donateblood.com.au website:
Whole blood donations are separated into their components (red cells, platelets and plasma). After processing, red cells are refrigerated and can be stored for up to 42 days. Platelets are stored at room temperature and can be stored for up to 5 days. Plasma is frozen and can be stored for up to 12 months.

Whole blood donations can be done every 12 weeks, plasma/platelet donations can be done every 2-3 weeks.
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Re: Donating blood

Postby MichaelB » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:15 pm

Sorry Philip, got mixed up, as you can donate more often, it is more 'useful'.

Although, I have one of the less common blood types too ....
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Re: Donating blood

Postby philip » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:57 pm

MichaelB wrote:Although, I have one of the less common blood types too ....

Less common blood types are required less too so that works out well :P
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Re: Donating blood

Postby MichaelB » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:17 pm

philip wrote:
MichaelB wrote:Want to try donating plasma, as it potentially has more uses.

Not really sure what you mean by that, as when you do a full blood donation you are donating plasma - they separate the blood into its components when you do a full blood donation. From the donateblood.com.au website:
Whole blood donations are separated into their components (red cells, platelets and plasma). After processing, red cells are refrigerated and can be stored for up to 42 days. Platelets are stored at room temperature and can be stored for up to 5 days. Plasma is frozen and can be stored for up to 12 months.

Whole blood donations can be done every 12 weeks, plasma/platelet donations can be done every 2-3 weeks.


Finally did it last friday.

main difference when donating plasma is the AMOUNT of plasma they can get (750ml vs 200ml). Amount of plasma is subject to height/weight.

Also takes a bit longer, but they are very happy indeed.
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