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how long can blood be stored?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by trouserz, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. trouserz

    trouserz Member
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    all these people giving blood and not enough patients..? will any surplus go to waste?
     
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  3. Wahoo

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    Blood can be stored for approximately 42 days... but platelets only last 3 days. So yes, we have an oversupply at the moment, and it will go to waste. Wait until next week or next month to donate blood.
     
  4. I thought the blood lasted 180 days?
     
  5. trouserz

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    good advice thanks
     
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    gel1 Senior Member
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    I second what Wahoo says. He is telling the exact truth.
     
  7. ok my bad......someone told me it lasted 180 days...I guess that is wrong :D glad I found out
     
  8. Barin

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    fresh blood 30 days (NYS)
    blood products (like fresh frozen plasma) up to year.
     
  9. Aha Barton, Thanks!

    so I guess that applied to frozen blood, right? so it could last 180 days?

    Also, how long before one can donate again? 3 months?
     
  10. gel1

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    My information came from a blood-bank technician. Maybe they don't use frozen blood products in people? He said that a lot of blood will sadly be wasted. And yes, you can donate every three months.
     
  11. jasmine

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    blood lives for 180 days in the body is i believe the stat you are referring to, what.
     
  12. oh thanks Jasmine....I guess I confused up the stats...

    Is it possible to donate sooner than 3 months?
     
  13. FrankMD

    FrankMD Ophthalmologist Wanna Be
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    I think you can donate every 56 days or 8 weeks.
     
  14. jdub

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    on a side note:

    if you have been out of the country to any third world type place one can't donate for a year.

    i even think that if one has been to certain countries in africa one can't ever donate again, but i'm not positive on that one.

    also, if one has gotten a tattoo, they can't donate for a year afterwards.
     
  15. sng33

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    The above posts are trus that platelets only last three days, but there is also a number of companies that are researching ways to freeze-dry blood. This is only a devoloping technology, but when harvested it will help a great deal with blood shortage problems.
     
  16. styphon

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    If you visit certain african countries, you will be banned from giving blood because of the antibodies you have developed.
    Also, Piercings usually keep you out for a year..And certain medications and medical conditions<chronic bronchitis for one>.
     

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