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2020-03-17 8:44:01 PM  
Don't panic. There was a blood drive in the Publix parking lot today. They know how to keep people apart.
 
2020-03-17 9:17:23 PM  
I thought it was strange my donation was going to Tucson and not staying close-ish. Granted, I only just hit one gallon and don't have a lot of experience with where donations go, but they have all been in Illinois.
 
2020-03-17 11:13:38 PM  
I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.
 
2020-03-17 11:15:39 PM  

Chariset: I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.


Funny enough Johns Hopkins is trying to get blood from people who recovered to make a temporary treatment for the Coronavirus:
 
2020-03-17 11:24:00 PM  

not enough beer: Funny enough Johns Hopkins is trying to get blood from people who recovered to make a temporary treatment for the Coronavirus


Yeah, there are probably coronavirus antibodies in there.  That's how blood tests for other viral infections go -- take a sample and look for antibodies.
 
2020-03-18 12:07:01 AM  
I wish I could donate, but I can't. I am severely anemic. As someone who has had transfusions before, thank you THANK YOU to those who have donated or will donate. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you.
 
2020-03-18 12:28:23 AM  
I still have plenty of blood.  Hit me up and I'll email you some.
 
2020-03-18 1:06:31 AM  
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get in the Tardis
 
2020-03-18 1:09:41 AM  

tudorgurl: I wish I could donate, but I can't. I am severely anemic. As someone who has had transfusions before, thank you THANK YOU to those who have donated or will donate. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you.


I'm in great health and they still don't want my blood. I swear it's as though somebody's puritanical grandmother came up with all of their rules. Oh well.
 
2020-03-18 1:13:11 AM  
I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.
 
2020-03-18 1:14:56 AM  
 But if no one goes out, no one can get injured and need blood, right?
 
2020-03-18 1:15:17 AM  
I got the email about it yesterday, signed up today for an appointment tomorrow. Hope my iron levels are high enough. Last three times it wasn't quite high enough but I've been on iron pills for quite a while now.
 
2020-03-18 1:20:09 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.


You got your cookie.
 
2020-03-18 1:24:51 AM  

Russ1642: tudorgurl: I wish I could donate, but I can't. I am severely anemic. As someone who has had transfusions before, thank you THANK YOU to those who have donated or will donate. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you.

I'm in great health and they still don't want my blood. I swear it's as though somebody's puritanical grandmother came up with all of their rules. Oh well.


So, you've barebacked in a rest stop bathroom in the last 90 days?

/Jk
//Guess I should check if pot smoking still disqualifies.
///Got O+, should be donating.
 
2020-03-18 1:28:35 AM  

Chariset: I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.


Can't donate blood at all in the US if you're lived in Europe for three months or more between 1980 and 1996 -- The USDA "indefinitely deferred" donations, since there is no blood test for potential exposure to mad cow disease.
 
2020-03-18 1:33:05 AM  

Toxophil: Russ1642: tudorgurl: I wish I could donate, but I can't. I am severely anemic. As someone who has had transfusions before, thank you THANK YOU to those who have donated or will donate. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you.

I'm in great health and they still don't want my blood. I swear it's as though somebody's puritanical grandmother came up with all of their rules. Oh well.

So, you've barebacked in a rest stop bathroom in the last 90 days?

/Jk
//Guess I should check if pot smoking still disqualifies.
///Got O+, should be donating.


The list of things that can disqualify you is endless.
 
2020-03-18 1:37:09 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.


I have the same beef with any medical "donation", including organs.  Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.
 
2020-03-18 1:37:59 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

I have the same beef with any medical "donation", including organs.  Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


I agree.
 
2020-03-18 1:38:39 AM  

Excelsior: Chariset: I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.

Can't donate blood at all in the US if you're lived in Europe for three months or more between 1980 and 1996 -- The USDA "indefinitely deferred" donations, since there is no blood test for potential exposure to mad cow disease.


Yup, O+ and was a donor in HS until that stupid rule, despite my aversion to needles. I'm also an organ donor and they have no problem with my EU visits. Also, nobody in the EU has died from donations in 20+ years, even in former hotspots like the UK so it's obviously not a real concern but they refuse to remove the ban here.
 
2020-03-18 1:42:04 AM  
As someone who has ran down hallways with uncrossed (but not unscreened) PRBCs and a log book - sadz.
 
2020-03-18 2:03:15 AM  
This is very concerning.
 
2020-03-18 2:14:00 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

I have the same beef with any medical "donation", including organs.  Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


But that's the medical system in the US. It isn't specific to organs at all.
 
2020-03-18 2:23:58 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

I have the same beef with any medical "donation", including organs.  Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


They could at least give the donor free health care for life?
 
2020-03-18 2:37:00 AM  
FTA: "Blood donation centers are a very safe place to be. People take precautions to make sure those centers are spotless clean and that people who are sick don't enter them," Marks says.

This is bull***t. There's no way to know who's sick, so they can't make sure of anything, and medical workers in close contact with dozens/hundreds of people a day seem among the likeliest to be infected. This is like other official BS; it's no worse than flus, warm weather kills it, the public shouldn't use facemasks, people can't spread it asymptomatically (unproven either way, but all signs point to no), everyone who wants testing is being tested, everyone entering the US is being screened, we have enough toilet paper (technically true, there is enough somewhere),and so on. The lies may be for the greater good, but it erodes confidence in everything else they say. Did you really change gloves? Did you really sterilize this bed after the last patient? It's sad to see another trusted institution use misinformation to achieve their goals.
 
2020-03-18 2:39:37 AM  
Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


I mean, whether or not you got paid for donating blood or organs, do you really think everyone else on that list should work for free?

biatching about CEO pay is one thing, but nurses and equipment manufacturers shouldn't get paid?
 
2020-03-18 2:49:52 AM  

Russ1642: I'm in great health and they still don't want my blood.


Are you one of those FILTHY SODOMITES!?! Of course, transfusing others with your depraved gay blood will taint the flower of our youth, driving them inexorably to homosexual fark scrums that mock the very idea of God himself! Keep your sinful blood in your blasphemous veins, gay demon!

Or is it malaria?
 
2020-03-18 2:50:10 AM  

GoSurfing: Thanks for sharing subs. I'm going in to donate tomorrow. I vaguely considered it. Grateful reminder.


I'd donate, but apparently chemo puts you on the "Nope" list.
 
2020-03-18 2:56:30 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.


The only party legally prevented from benefiting in the human products market is the original owner of the products that everyone else gets to benefit from.

Then all the people who benefit pretend to be absolutely baffled why that one group who doesn't benefit also doesn't participate.

Yeah, that's a real mystery there, Shaggy.
 
2020-03-18 3:05:53 AM  

Smackledorfer: Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


I mean, whether or not you got paid for donating blood or organs, do you really think everyone else on that list should work for free?

biatching about CEO pay is one thing, but nurses and equipment manufacturers shouldn't get paid?


No need to not pay the workers involved, just offer some payment to the donor as well. Simple.
 
2020-03-18 3:24:20 AM  

tekmo: <...snip...> The only party legally prevented from benefiting in the human products market is the original owner of the products that everyone else gets to benefit from. <...snip...>


From what I googled, paying for blood donations is legal in the US, the American Red Cross just chooses not to, and hospitals pay more for their blood than for many competitors' blood. An excerpt from Slate's The Business of Blood:

The system of blood distribution hasn't always relied on volunteer donors. Until the 1970s, a major portion of the nation's blood supply came from paid donors. But a government study found that volunteered blood was much less prone to hepatitis contamination. From then on, blood banks had to label their packages "paid" or "volunteer," which had the effect of eliminating paid-donor blood from the national supply. (Pharmaceutical companies still purchase blood plasma from for-profit firms that hire paid donors. The nonprofits also sell off surplus plasma to the drug companies at market rate.)
 
2020-03-18 3:37:54 AM  
 
2020-03-18 3:38:48 AM  

Nidiot: Smackledorfer: Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


I mean, whether or not you got paid for donating blood or organs, do you really think everyone else on that list should work for free?

biatching about CEO pay is one thing, but nurses and equipment manufacturers shouldn't get paid?

No need to not pay the workers involved, just offer some payment to the donor as well. Simple.


The problem with paying for donations is that you are going to get a huge increase in potentially dangerous donations from drug addicts and others with very questionable life choices who don't mind lying in a form to get a few quick bucks for a other fix - that endangers the entire blood supply, since testing isn't perfect.
 
2020-03-18 3:43:22 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.


I get your point, but hospitals will only allow volunteer donor blood to be transfused. Money provides incentive to be less than truthful. Anecdotes are not data, but my own experience working with both blood and plasma organizations seems to bear this out.

If you really want to sell your fluids, plasma pays about $60 a week. That stuff goes on to be manufactured into pharmaceutical products, and even having sex with someone who receives them is considered a high-risk activity. That's why they ask if you've been hooking up with hemophiliacs.
 
2020-03-18 3:46:21 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.


Who is they, and do you have a link?
Thanks.
 
2020-03-18 3:47:51 AM  

MythDragon: But if no one goes out, no one can get injured and need blood, right?


I would assume that helps.

Then you still have stuff like people with Thalassemia (sp?), anemic people (as above), childbirth complications and finally non-elective surgeries.
 
2020-03-18 4:04:14 AM  

Excelsior: The problem with paying for donations is that you are going to get a huge increase in potentially dangerous donations from drug addicts and others with very questionable life choices who don't mind lying in a form to get a few quick bucks for a other fix - that endangers the entire blood supply, since testing isn't perfect.


Not only that, but a significant number of paid donors come to rely on the income. Meaning that they might be untruthful about something if it prevents them from being deferred. Especially the things that cause lifetime deferrals, because those get entered into a database that is referenced by plasma centers nationwide (although that might have changed in the past decade).

The plasma center I worked for made an effort to keep shady types and riffraff to a minimum, and everyone went through a pretty lengthy screening (which included checking aforementioned database, address verification, even a physical exam where a nurse will check for track marks between the toes and under the tongue). But the questionnaire relies on honesty, and people who are dishonest about high-risk behavior could put vulnerable patients at risk for diseases.
 
2020-03-18 4:07:33 AM  

Resident Muslim: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

Who is they, and do you have a link?
Thanks.


If you're talking about blood arbitragers and brokers, google turns up several articles. What many donors don't know: Their blood is sold from 2014 has a bit of info on the industry. Excerpts:

Donors often believe their blood is given to local hospitals, and all donations stay in the community - neither of which is true. A pint of blood in America sells to hospitals for $180 to $300, depending on the market, and expired blood often is sold to research laboratories, said Ben Bowman, chief executive of General Blood, the blood broker engaged in a legal tussle with Oklahoma City-based OBI.
...
On its tax form, OBI describes one of its key programs as managing the blood donations from more than 209,000 people each year. The blood is tested and processed by OBI, then distributed "to patients across the states we serve," a task that cost $65 million but generated $75 million in the 2012 tax year.

"Technically, we like to say the blood is free, but they (hospitals) pay a service charge" for the blood bags and testing and drivers to get the unit there, Armitage explained. "It's arranged, so it's a service fee."
 
2020-03-18 4:41:38 AM  
I used to donate blood until I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Technically, I still could, but I still don't feel comfortable doing it.  Some countries don't, so I figure it's a controversial subject.
 
2020-03-18 5:05:45 AM  

Chariset: I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.


Good to know. I was wondering how they were screening for that.
 
2020-03-18 5:30:56 AM  
Has the garlic sold out yet?
 
2020-03-18 8:05:57 AM  

tekmo: Russ1642: I'm in great health and they still don't want my blood.

Are you one of those FILTHY SODOMITES!?! Of course, transfusing others with your depraved gay blood will taint the flower of our youth, driving them inexorably to homosexual fark scrums that mock the very idea of God himself! Keep your sinful blood in your blasphemous veins, gay demon!

Or is it malaria?


Malaria checks are racist
 
2020-03-18 8:06:08 AM  
they say i can't donate because i've been exposed to hepatitus.
EXPOSED!! closest i've been to hep. was when my father contracted it while he was in the service in the early 60s(that i know of).
that was 55+ years ago
 
2020-03-18 8:06:36 AM  

tekmo: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The only party legally prevented from benefiting in the human products market is the original owner of the products that everyone else gets to benefit from.

Then all the people who benefit pretend to be absolutely baffled why that one group who doesn't benefit also doesn't participate.

Yeah, that's a real mystery there, Shaggy.


It's like this with jury duty, too
 
2020-03-18 8:16:14 AM  

not enough beer: Chariset: I checked today.  I'm not eligible until April 9.  I'll be taking my iron until then.

I also found out that COVID-19 can't be transmitted through blood, which is an interesting factoid.

Funny enough Johns Hopkins is trying to get blood from people who recovered to make a temporary treatment for the Coronavirus:


Yeah, I wondered about that.If I am positive (waiting for results) and get over this, would my blood be desirable, to give whatever antibodies I may have? Or doesn't is work that way?
 
2020-03-18 8:17:49 AM  

Cafe Threads: Also see: Coronavirus: People with Type-A blood more susceptible to virus, claims study.


Fark.
 
2020-03-18 8:18:24 AM  

GoSurfing: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

I can't dispute anything you are saying.

It is a vampire syndicate to some extent.

I just figure someone has to donate. There are places around here where you are paid for your contribution..The typical blood donation place though, you can score a pretty sweet t shirt. I'm honestly ok with just the t shirt.


Damn. I just got a cookie.
 
2020-03-18 8:25:56 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The CEO of United Blood Services makes almost $500,000 a year off of selling donated blood for huge profits.

I'll donate again when they either 1) share the profit with donors or 2) sell it for just a 10-15% markup to people who use it.

I have the same beef with any medical "donation", including organs.  Everyone involved with the process, transportation, storage, transplant/tranfusion, doctors, nurses, equipment manufactures, med schools, ad infinitum is raking in money, except for the person who provides the one thing that makes it all possible.  That is the bullshiat of all bullshiats.


Libertarian-like typing detected.
 
2020-03-18 8:27:52 AM  
For those motivated enough, the book "Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce" (https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Epic-Hi​st​ory-Medicine-Commerce/dp/0688176496) is an interesting read.  It covers the paid/volunteer schism quite well (IIRC - read it in the early 2000).
 
2020-03-18 8:29:27 AM  

tekmo: The more you eat the more you fart: I stopped donating when I realized the take my blood, which I give them for free, and then turn around and sell it for over $500.

The only party legally prevented from benefiting in the human products market is the original owner of the products that everyone else gets to benefit from.

Then all the people who benefit pretend to be absolutely baffled why that one group who doesn't benefit also doesn't participate.

Yeah, that's a real mystery there, Shaggy.


Yeah, who cares about "saving lives" or "doing things for the common good" when there's profit to be made?
 
2020-03-18 9:12:13 AM  

ltnor: I thought it was strange my donation was going to Tucson and not staying close-ish. Granted, I only just hit one gallon and don't have a lot of experience with where donations go, but they have all been in Illinois.


I started donating again, after a lapse of about twenty-five years (no good reason, just didn't), about four years ago and was surprised by the e-mail follow-up telling me where my blood ended up.  Turns out, it went to South Carolina, which didn't make me entirely happy.  I'm not donating my blood to keep a bunch of redneck secessionists alive!

/ next donation went to a hospital in a suburb of Chicago, where I live
// still don't care much about the suburbs, but folks gotta' live somewhere, I reckon
/// three for O-  yay universal donors!
 
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