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What Really Happens to Your Blood After You Donate?

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Categories: Biology   |   Society / Culture   |   Health   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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Plasma gathered from your blood can be exported across the globe, but what exactly is it, and why is it in demand?

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Why Blood is Needed
“How are blood donors selected? All potential donors must undergo a screening process before donating. Medical history, medications, travel history and blood count are reviewed in donor selection. Donated blood is typed and tested for evidence of infection before released for use. A "crossmatch," or final check, is performed with the recipients' blood prior to transfusion. We advise all potential donors to answer screening and health questions carefully, to ensure the safety of the blood.”

EU-wide overview of the market of blood, blood components and plasma derivatives focusing on their availability for patients
“At the European level, numerous initiatives related to the blood and plasma sectors have been
undertaken since 1989 (initially Directive 89/381/ECC). Directives on standards were developed with
regard to quality and safety for the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human
blood and blood components, including traceability requirements and notification of serious adverse
reactions and events were also addressed (Directive 2002/98/EC1 and the relevant implementing
Directives 2004/33/EC2, 2005/61/EC3 and 2005/62/EC4).”

My career as an international blood smuggler
“I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic coolers. The bottles held the components of a syrupy mix, a powerful medicine made from the immune system particles collected from thousands of people. A nurse would infuse the syrup into my veins, a treatment to keep my immune system under control, to halt its potentially paralyzing attacks on my nerves.”

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