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Old Jul 29, 05, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by exerda

Why did they go from the "fill it out yourself" questionnaire to the "nurse asks you the questions" version? It takes twice as long as before that way
This was not the case this morning at White Plains Hospital; when I got relieved of
a pint of A- .
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Old Oct 16, 05, 6:29 pm
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They have such a soft touch there. I don't feel a thing.

Did you give blood recently? Today is a good day to start.

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Old Oct 16, 05, 6:48 pm
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So, when I give my blood for free, who's making money on it? Someone is. Do the hospitals that use it pay for it? If so, then whom to they pay? The government? Great, so it's another form of taxation, based on what I donate for free. If the hospitals don't pay, then whoopie, they get to make profit from my free donation.

I'm giving it for free, but it has value, so who's getting the monetary value out of it?
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Old Oct 16, 05, 7:14 pm
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You give for free, but there is overhead in collecting, processing, and consuming it. Administration, screening, storage, transportation, etc...

A better question would be "is someone making an unreasonable profit anywhere"?
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Old Oct 16, 05, 7:33 pm
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Well, as much as I'd like to (O type here), I can't. Thanks to biased guidelines. So... oh well. Next.

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Old Oct 16, 05, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by BenjaminNYC
So, when I give my blood for free, who's making money on it? Someone is. Do the hospitals that use it pay for it? If so, then whom to they pay? The government? Great, so it's another form of taxation, based on what I donate for free. If the hospitals don't pay, then whoopie, they get to make profit from my free donation.

I'm giving it for free, but it has value, so who's getting the monetary value out of it?
Ben,

If you give blood at a non-hospital, like say the Hudson Valley Blood Bank in the NY area, the HVBB sells the blood to the hospitals. The hospitals pay a pretty penny for blood.

When you give blood at a hospital, they don't have to buy blood on the open market. Hmmm.

This is why hospitals go out on blood drives.

BTW, you're not clear if in fact you give blood?
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Old Oct 16, 05, 11:15 pm
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Gave Saturday 10/15/05. I think this is probably my 6th maybe 7th time over life time.

Stats:
0+
BP: 102/66
HR: 72

Quickly filled the bag.

Its all psychological - things have to go right -i.e. good staff at blood center, good stick (don't even THINK of moving it around once it is in, otherwise I start crossing legs, fidging and trying to not start sweating).
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Old Oct 17, 05, 5:34 am
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Originally Posted by dhammer53
Ben,

If you give blood at a non-hospital, like say the Hudson Valley Blood Bank in the NY area, the HVBB sells the blood to the hospitals. The hospitals pay a pretty penny for blood.
So, in this case, the blood bank makes a profit off my free donation.

Originally Posted by dhammer53
When you give blood at a hospital, they don't have to buy blood on the open market. Hmmm.

This is why hospitals go out on blood drives.
So, in this case, the hospital make a profit off my free donation.
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Old Oct 17, 05, 7:26 am
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Originally Posted by BenjaminNYC

So, in this case, the hospital make a profit off my free donation.
It's more like the hospital saved a small fortune by not purchasing blood.

Answer to my question please... have you given blood? When?

Maybe we can have a New York BloodDo.
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Old Oct 17, 05, 8:28 am
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Imagine what would happen to the price that the hospital charges people for a pint if no one donated.

Synthetic blood is not advanced enough to cover the shortfall.

Please give. Someday, you may need a pint or two.
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Old Oct 17, 05, 8:41 am
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I can't..

..had hepatitis as a kiddie so they wont take it.
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Old Oct 17, 05, 9:08 am
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those lucky heterosexuals aren't at risk for HIV infections..!

It's a shame that the Red Cross has this outdated rule when donating blood:

HIV, AIDS
You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.

You are at risk for getting infected if you:

* have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctor
* are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977
* have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex since 1977
* have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
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Old Oct 17, 05, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by izzik
It's a shame that the Red Cross has this outdated rule when donating blood:

HIV, AIDS
You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.

You are at risk for getting infected if you:

* have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctor
* are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977
* have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex since 1977
* have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone described above
I recell last time I gave blood, they were giving people the third degree about which countried they had visited. I think that even the UK was on the "Danger" list!
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Old Oct 17, 05, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by John Galt
I recell last time I gave blood, they were giving people the third degree about which countried they had visited. I think that even the UK was on the "Danger" list!
I believe previous posts have covered this to be MCD...
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Old Oct 17, 05, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by John Galt
I recell last time I gave blood, they were giving people the third degree about which countried they had visited. I think that even the UK was on the "Danger" list!
It is. If you've lived there for longer than about 6 months, you're banned. I found this out when I tried to donate a few years ago - I lived in the UK in 1992 but was not there during any of their mad cow outbreaks. I believe they think I could still be a mad cow carrier almost 15 years later.
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