European Blood Banks?

Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:08 PM
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European Blood Banks?

Just reading a thread about some youngsters planning an 8-month sojourn in europe, working when possible - teaching English, etc.

Made me wonder if European blood banks pay for plasma like many in the U.S. do in storefronts in poorer areas?
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Certainly not in the UK.
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
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No blood is donated (ie given for free) in Europe. And it wouldn't be accepted from Non- citizens without being tested for HIV, and various varieties of Hep. I can't give blood in the Netherlands, because of my British background and the risk of Madcow disease. (OK I am a mad cow sometimes but that's not from eating British Beef )
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:14 PM
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>pay for plasma
You get a free and yummy food basket here and a blood test . What more can you want.
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Well most blood here is also donated via blood drives, etc.

But there always seems to be a shortage and thus the buying plasma or blood from poor folks

Perhaps Europe uses less blood or perhaps donors are more generous?

I wonder if travelers should carry a bag or two of their own blood around for emergencies?
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Carry-on or 22" wheelie?

And will they laugh in Paris if I don't have the shoes to match?
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:38 PM
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They did 20+ years ago, or so I've heard.


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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Well i've heard to professional bike racers often do carry their own blood around
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 12:42 PM
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I don't trust blood/plasma anywhere. Bad, bad history and there's the high likelihood of bad stuff in the supply right now that will only be identified in the future. I'm glad that the current sentiment is to be somewhat more cautious on this but I believe safety surrounding this issue will be one of the big issues for the next ten years in biopharma.

Having said that the EU stance on blood/blood products is more cautious than the US.
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Oct 22nd, 2007, 01:10 PM
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> wonder if travelers should carry a bag or two of their own blood around for emergencies?

Carry-on or 22" wheelie?<

Can't carry on unless it's in 3 oz containers that fit in a 1 qt ziplok bag.

"What is in this bag, please"?
"It is 10 containers of blood".
"Please step out of line".

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Oct 22nd, 2007, 01:16 PM
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I can't help but wonder what the jump was from teaching English to blood banks?
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While the regular blood donor does not get more than a snack from the Red Cross centers or similar, commercial blood banks offer a compensation for plasma of € 15-30 per donation in Germany.

Even though you can donate or sell plasma more often than blood, I doubt that it will add a lot to a traveller's budget.
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