Donating blood is a safe procedure
July 26, 2012 2:48PM
Updated: August 28, 2012 6:03AM
Dr. Wallace: This is further information for the Mooseheart, Ill., teen’s father who was concerned that some blood donors can contract sexually-transmitted diseases by donating blood.
I was a plateletpheresis donor for many years, ultimately donating some 30 gallons of platelets, and I can assure the teen and her father that everything about blood donation is geared towards the safety of donor, recipient and staff. Blood banks are regulated by strict FDA policies and the phlebotomists drawing blood adhere to those policies rigidly. The teen’s father should visit a blood bank and learn the truth about blood donation.
Blood is a perishable commodity, and the need can outstrip the supply if new donors do not become active in blood donation. If the teen donates and becomes a regular donor, she will be a member of a very select group that ensures the well-being of her fellow humans.
Been There, Done That, Springfield, Md.
Been There: Thanks for your important and informational data regarding blood donations. Congratulations on donating some 30 gallons of platelets! Your donations have been instrumental in helping those in need to live healthy, productive lives.
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