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    My plasma donation the week before last went pear shaped - around 3/4 of the way through the machine shut down on a high pressure return and pushed some blood out around the needle so they had to stop. No idea what caused it but it did make a nice mess. I didn't notice unitl I felt something running down my arm and then the machine started beeping frantically.

    The guy next to me looked worse off than I did though - he passed out at the end of his donation so was lying on the chair a bit woozy with a Doctor and Nurse tending to him.

    As it didn't complete its cycle and I didn't get the saline at the end it's treated like whole blood donation and I can't donate anything for 3 months now.

    Still, there was plenty there to use for someone so not wasted and I'll be back as soon as I'm able.


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    Back giving up a bit of plasma…….clinical today.

    Interesting fact I learnt today…….only males are selected for clinical plasma and platelets (well there are a few ladies allowed to)

    It’s to do with pregnancy either expecting or have been pregnant at some stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    Interesting fact I learnt today…….only males are selected for clinical plasma and platelets (well there are a few ladies allowed to)

    It’s to do with pregnancy either expecting or have been pregnant at some stage.
    Yeah, we noticed female platelets were often a different colour (usually quite a bit darker) and were generally used only when no male platelets were available. We had to have HLA typing done to try and ensure that the right female platelets were requested, whereas they pretty much just take any male platelets.

    Complex. I never really got a chance to have a hematologist explain it properly to me, I just got the second hand "doctors and nurses" explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradC View Post
    Yeah, we noticed female platelets were often a different colour (usually quite a bit darker) and were generally used only when no male platelets were available. We had to have HLA typing done to try and ensure that the right female platelets were requested, whereas they pretty much just take any male platelets.

    Complex. I never really got a chance to have a hematologist explain it properly to me, I just got the second hand "doctors and nurses" explanation.
    It’s mind blowing.

    I’m guessing the platelets were not clinical platelets…..hmm, she did give examples….

    A simple question lead to a lengthy explanation which I wasn’t expecting and I probably zone out a bit.

    Clinical platelets from the ladies has to have a test to confirm they have never been pregnant……years ago before the change they needed to ask the ladies if they have ever been pregnant, quite often the test would indicate they had been pregnant even though they said no…..and this is where the conversation would get awkward as they either didn’t know they were currently pregnant, lied or and I’m guessing here they might have had a miscarriage and not reposed. Apparently the test is always right.

    And it was decided the Blood Life didn’t need to be having these conversation and it was decided as there is plenty of males donating plasma that all clinical order were easily filled.

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    On a road trip for work, Had a spare 1hr this morning so thought I’d pop into a the Rockhampton clinic.

    Learnt today it can take up to 14 weeks to train a newby up to take our blood……

    All the staff are wearing there fav sporting team colours…..I think it national organ donation day or maybe week.

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