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Donating blood to help Orlando victims

Laura Alix asks:

Any idea where we can donate blood in Boston to help Orlando shooting victims?

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Volunteer blood donors are needed at Massachusetts General Hospital every day to provide blood for the thousands of patients who need it
http://www.massgeneral.org/blooddonor/donatingblood/

also Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Patients_Visitors/blood-donation/default...

Children's Blood Donor Center
http://www.childrenshospital.org/ways-to-help/donate-blood

Blood Donor Program Mount Auburn Hospital
http://www.mountauburnhospital.org/giving/blood-donor-programs/how/

New England Baptist Hospital
NEBH has added new technology to our donor services center, which is allowing patients to receive blood from fewer donors, and donors to give less frequently and feel better after donating.
http://www.nebh.org/news-and-events/ortho-blog/2013/getting-more-out-of-...

American Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region blood drives, events
https://twitter.com/RedCrossBloodMA/with_replies

Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products
Questions and Answers for Potential Blood Donors and Blood Recipients
http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/Questionsab...

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The MGH Blood Donor Center welcomes walk-ins for whole-blood donations. Consider instead an appointment for a platelet donation: platelets are in constant need and they only have a 5-day shelf-life, versus 3-to-5 weeks for whole blood.

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Platelets are a great option for those of us with less desirable blood types. My A-neg is marginally useful, but all platelets are universal. And you can donate as frequently as weekly, if you have time.

http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations/platelets

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Donating blood won't help Orlando victims.

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You don't think any of the 53 people currently in the hospital with gunshot wounds might need blood transfusions?

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Fast forward to 1:03 for your answer:
http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

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Blood gets shipped from other places to meet the immediate demand, and needs to be replenished.

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There are something like 15 million pints of blood donated every year. So no, fifty wounded people in Orlando are not going to create such a huge shortage that people in Gainesville need to go out and donate, much less people in Massachusetts.

If you want to help shooting victims, give money. Running to a blood drive this week makes no sense..

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Register to donate bone marrow here:
https://www.dkms.org/en/register

Register to donate your organs:
http://donatelifenewengland.org

Register to donate your body:
http://hms.harvard.edu/departments/medical-education/anatomical-gift-pro...

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Irony.

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Compare current recommendations for blood donor referral...

12/21/2015 What are the current recommendations for donor referral?
http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/Questionsab...

FDA recommends that blood establishments defer potential donors as follows:
1. Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever had a positive test for HIV.

2. Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever exchanged sex for money or drugs.

3. Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever engaged in injection drug use that was not prescribed.

4. Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact any individual who has a history of sex with a person who: has ever had a positive test for HIV, ever exchanged sex for money or drugs, or ever engaged in non-prescription injection drug use.

5. Defer for 12 months from the most recent transfusion any individual who has a history of receiving a transfusion of Whole Blood or blood components donated by another person (allogeneic transfusion).

6. Defer for 12 months from the most recent exposure any individual who has a history of through-the-skin contact with the blood of another individual, such as a needle stick or blood contact with an open wound or mucous membrane.

7. Defer for 12 months from the most recent tattoo, ear or body piercing. However, individuals who have undergone tattooing within 12 months of donation are eligible to donate if the tattoo was applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink. Individuals who have undergone ear or body piercing within 12 months of donation are eligible to donate if the piercing was done using single-use equipment.

8. Defer for 12 months after completion of treatment any individual with a history of syphilis or gonorrhea or with a history of diagnosis or treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months.

9. Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact a man who has had sex with another man during the past 12 months.

10. Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact a female who has had sex during the past 12 months with a man who has had sex with another man in the past 12 months.

http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/Questionsab...

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I'm not one to talk, my discomfort at having needles in me has kept me from ever donating blood, but if you are willing to donate, consider doing it regularly, throughout the year. There is a constant need for blood, which has a limited shelf life, and blood banks being properly stocked at all times will do far more to provide quick access to needed blood when a crisis arises than long lines of generous people overwhelming blood banks in the days after a single tragedy.

Just a few days before this attack, the Orlando blood bank had put out a release that it was critically low on blood.

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Yep, how many of those who lined up for hours yesterday and today will return every two months to donate again?

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This was the big deal after Sept 11th.. people lined up to donate blood but the banks asked people to keep coming back weeks after to help keep supply it.

I wish i could donate.. I have the universal type of blood (O), but for health reasons.. and gay reasons, I am unable to donate.

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