Friday, November 13, 2015

Can You Donate Plasma with Pinkeye or Eye Infection?

Q: I'm sick with the flu, and have a cough, fever, itching / burning eyes, breathing problems, lethargy - you name it, I got it. I feel like my eyes are burning ... like when you have a fever. Can I give plasma in this state?


Answer: Conjunctivitis: Patients with pink eye can make a deposit of blood plasma, if it has been more than 3 months after the initial infection.


If you do donate plasma while sick with eye infection (or other infection), you may experience abdominal pain, you may deplete your body's vitamin K and experience increased bleeding in the donation site. You may also experience: cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, osteoporosis, eye fatigue, respiratory problems, brittle bones and chronic kidney disease.


Donating plasma when you are sick reduces the level of serum immunoglobulins, which may increase the risk of infection. Plasma may be have a green tint to it, in some cases, when a person has an infection (as it contains Pseudomonas, a type of bacteria).


Just inform nurses of their reactions so as to keep an eye on you.


Eye infection spread by Plasma donation


You can also infect other people with conjunctivits in your plasma. The infection is transmitted like the common cold through sneezing or coughing while not covering your mouth. Plasma donation in unsanitary conditions can affect the health  in
various ways which make the body weak and cause  infectious diseases.  

Blood collection after the operation custom greatly increases the risk of infectious diseases through cross-contamination.

Plasma is tested for infectious diseases


Samples of each donation are tested with the antibodies to make sure that none of the blood is infected with anything. When you donate blood products, it is certified to be free from several clinical conditions, including infectious agents, particularly HIV. Screening tests are also performed to check for infection of the donor with Hepatitis B and C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 1 and 2, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) I and II and syphilis.



What is plasma used for?


Plasma helps in the clotting of blood and plasma collected commonly used in people with liver disease, burns or severe bacterial infections in their blood. Plasma helps blood to clot and blood plasma collected during Plateletpheresis often are given to people with leukemia, the people of chemotherapy and children with severe infections.


Widely used products in plasma include albumin, which is used for the treatment of the fluid in patients with burns or trauma; immunoglobulins, which are used in the treatment or prevention of infection and immune disorders; and clotting factors, which are used in the treatment of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.


Plasma derived protein replacement therapy maintains adequate levels of antibodies and prevents infections in patients with autoimmune deficiency.


Can I Donate Plasma on antibiotics?


If you have an infection and are treated with antibiotics, you may be eligible to donate plasma after completion of antibiotic treatment, the symptoms disappear and the patient feels well.


If you do not have an infection, but are treated with antibiotics prophylactically (to prevent infection), you may be eligible to donate plasma depending on the reason for receiving this type of treatment.

1 comment:

  1. First, let me say I work at a plasma center and have medical training.

    Your plasma contains your white blood cells, which is what helps heal your wounds and keeps you from getting sick. The medications made from plasma is often for people with immunodeficiency, or the inability to heal or fight infections. Any compromise to YOUR immune system, such as a bruise, rash, boil, pustule, etc., could make you ineligible to donate until it is healed.

    These things should be reported to your plasma center’s medical personnel immediately. NOT reporting these things, or keeping them “secret” could not only be harmful to you, but it could PERMANENTLY defer you from donating.

    We operate on a trust based system, meaning we trust what you tell us to be true and factual, and we believe you until otherwise indicated to do so. Therefore, keeping things or lying about things dissolves the relationship of trust and is NOT OK.

    As I mentioned earlier, plasma is used to manufacture plasma into medication for HUMAN CONSUMPTION. We need to know if you have something that COULD compromise these end products in ANY way. These rules are not in place to keep you from donating; they are in place for SAFETY reasons. Not only for your safety as a donor, but for the safety of the patient receiving the end medication.

    The person that describes the pustule that pops up right at the venipuncture site could very well be describing an infection at the site of needle insertion, and should definitely have it checked out by the center staff. The person describing their rash could be doing potential harm to themselves by donating while their immune system is actively fighting something. Keeping it secret could also keep them from EVER donating again.
    Bruising falls into that category as well, and donations should only occur when bruises are not actively healing, especially when related to the venipuncture process.

    The Mayo Clinic websites states “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.”
    Anybody seeking further advice on donating plasma should contact a plasma center or their doctor.

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