Blood supply - Are you 'O' Negative?

Goatman

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The snow conditions have left the NHS with only three days' supply of the blood type critical for emergency treatment, according to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

The NHSBT have a shortage of O negative blood, which is critical for emergencies as it can be given to anyone, even when their blood type is unknown.

Only 7% of the population have O negative blood and the NHSBT normally likes a supply of five days in comparison to the three day supply they currently have.

Jon Latham, assistant director of blood donation at NHSBT, said: "Bad weather over the past few weeks has affected blood donor sessions with 69 sessions being cancelled in one week alone across England and North Wales.

"At the sessions which did take place, fewer donors attended than would normally have been expected."

The big freeze has made it difficult for donors to give blood

In some badly-affected areas of the country the NHSBT has had to use 4x4 vehicles to move blood supplies to hospitals to ensure that patients received the treatment they needed.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has appealed for people to come forward.

He said: "The recent bad weather has made it difficult for staff and donors to attend sessions and give blood and this has had an impact on the availability of some blood types.

"I would like to encourage anyone who is able to visit a centre and give blood as soon as they can so the NHS can continue to carry out the procedures that require blood every day."
Posted in this forum because the NHS Blood Transfusion service is ALSO responsible for whole blood, platelets and blood products used in support of Ops in Afghanistan.

A recent PQ revealed that in 2008/09 over 3,000 units of whole blood were sent to Afghanistan. It ALL comes from the 4% of the eligible donor population who take the time to make a donation.

Anyone who wishes to give blood can find more info HERE


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#2
Do you know they stopped me giving blood (and I'm O Neg) because they changed the stuff they use to sterilise the needles entry point and my arm came out in a rash. I asked them why they just couldn't use the old steri-wipes they'd used previously but they couldn't answer it!
Not as if my blood wouldn't be checked countless times before use and I'd been donating for donkeys years...mainly because I liked the Tuc Cheese biscuits!
 
#3
I am O Neg (and lager positive) and gave blood not too long ago. No contact to find out if they need it so bad that they can change the rules on giving every 4 months in exceptional circumstances
 

ugly

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If its an emergency then the local tv/radio used to put out a request in Germany, I was pinged a couple of times for it German Civ RTA and not enough blood. I gave up a few years ago as they got silly on the rules, no donation for more than 6 months and about an hour of questions. yes I'm O neg and the local A&E know where I live!
 
#5
O- here & I'm also not allowed to donate any more for 5 years since getting a needle stick injury from a scabby bastard junkie. 24 donations and only 1 away from my silver donation award, so I was fooking gutted.
 
#6
A RH- here
i tried giving platelets as you can go more often*
but the damn machine buggered up so it was all over the floor
mmm claret tastic :)

*just so's i can get the pretty crystal decanter before the missus!
 
#7
Ugly wrote:
'I gave up a few years ago as they got silly on the rules, no donation for more than 6 months and about an hour of questions. yes I'm O neg and the local A&E know where I live!'

I must admit, they sorely try my patience at times. Over the many years that I have been donating, I have seen the 'extras' gradually whittled away (local anesthetics, grip balls, doctors in attendance, etc.) and yet, curiously, the amount of management seems to have increased (not that it comes out with the teams, of course). I made a point of insisting that they took my contact number off their records - if I missed a donation, it was for a reason (usually because I was away at short notice) and I got fed up with an Indian call centre ringing me up and demanding to know why I didn't attend. The last time it happened, it was a call two weeks BEFORE the appointment reminding me to attend. It's in my diary FFS, I don't need you to remind me!

The last straw for me will come if they scrap the tea and bikkies and demand that the donor bring their own (and don't think that it hasn't been suggested)!
 
#8
With regards to my earlier post I think I'll just turn up at the next donor sesh and see what they say....I didn't realise most of it headed to Afghan and I'm sure it's bloody (excuse the pun) needed.
 
#9
Strangely, I am not allowed to give blood in Germany, because I lived in the UK during the 1980's. I am one of the blessed few O Rh Neg, but the erics don't want to run the risk that all their patients will get CJD. It's not as if there was any BSE in Germany...no really.....
 
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A recent PQ revealed that in 2008/09 over 3,000 units of whole blood were sent to Afghanistan. It ALL comes from the 4% of the eligible donor population who take the time to make a donation.
What does that mean? Only 4% of those who can, do, or 4% are O-?

If we have such problems with blood supply can't we just drain some convicts in the nick? We'd be able to locate clean subjects surely?
 
#14
What does that mean? Only 4% of those who can, do, or 4% are O-?If we have such problems with blood supply can't we just drain some convicts in the nick? We'd be able to locate clean subjects surely?
It's quite a rare type, the benefit of it is that it can be given to anyone in an emergency as it's 'universally user friendly' but we can only have O Neg pumped into us.
They even sent me a DVD telling me how special I was for having such blood!!
 
#16
I'm your common or garden O+, donated a couple of times. It's quite odd to think of someone else cutting about with a pint of your claret in 'em...
 
#17
As an O negger, the mobile donating team almost sucked me off for a pint of my finest. At first wasnt a problem, doing my bit and all. The problem came when I was phoned, emailed, texted and generally harrased to donate more. So when I was back in Blighty, I went along to several sessions. The first couple went ok with many biscuits proffed and gallons of tea drank. Then I went off to sunnier climes..... Came back and went to donate some more. The staff didnt really seem to give a monkeys as to what I was trying to give to them, the bag wasnt connected to the tube properly, ending in much hysteria from a first time donater! After several more attempts the nurse told me that my vein had collapsed and that I should come back in a few weeks to try again. Unfortunatly, when I went back to donate, I answered thier questionaire and was told that because I had served in Iraq and had had the anthrax jab, I wouldnt be eligable to donate blood for a long while.

The first sessions I went to had a whole team of docs, nurses and hangers on, then it just seemed to be a nurse and hangers on. Do they actually want people to donate?
 
#18
I detect a pattern here, DVD's given for being speshull, Admin increasing [and the increasing jobsworth and costs] ,m more rules and regualations than you can shake a stick at, great desire for a silver pin for giving lots ..........
Over regulated and needs to be simplified. [like most governmental driven agencies]
ps... did not realise O RH neg was rare? or is it due to us being the univeral donors?
 

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