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Gave blood today, at the Mayo Clinic office here at the site. I learned that with all the blood the Mayo Clinic takes in each day, they still have to buy some from the Red Cross. Question: is donating blood to the Mayo Clinic like taking money away from the Red Cross? *ponders*

In other news, I just tried something new: "Corn-on-the-cob popcorn." My team lead came by to let me try some. It's kinda yummy, kinda scary. I could see getting used to it, though.

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tla
Apr. 30th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
Now you have me wondering if the Mayo Clinic has the same blood donor restrictions as the Red Cross.
rjpb
Apr. 30th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC)
Now you have me wondering if the Mayo Clinic has the same blood donor restrictions as the Red Cross.

All blood collection centers are required by the FDA to support the same minimum restrictions. The ARC is currently more restrictive for travel to Europe because they are more paranoid about CJD (mad cow), but that is the only difference I know of.

Question: is donating blood to the Mayo Clinic like taking money away from the Red Cross?
I'm not sure, but I'm do not think the ARC makes any profit on selling blood (just selling it at cost of collecting). The main reason to donate through the ARC is that they try to distribute to the hospitals and sites in most need first, whereas blood collected at individual clinics or hospitals stays at that site regardless of need. But most locations are usually in great need of blood.
tla
Apr. 30th, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
As it happens, I am interested precisely in the CJD restrictions. Is the travel-to-Europe part of that the only difference?
crs
Apr. 30th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
There were some other drug questions, like "in the last year have you snorted cocaine", but they also had the Europe questions. "In the last three years, have you visited Europe, including the UK? When/where?" "Since 1980, have you spent more than three months in UK, altogether?" "Since 1980, have you spent more than two years in Europe?" That kind of thing.

And she took notes, too, which was weird. Usually they're yes/no with Red Cross.

They had a hemoglobin meter there, no sink/float test, but an actual numerical count. Neat.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
When I gave blood in December (red cross) my blood failed the float test, so the nurse used the hemoglobin meter to test it.
- Meg
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