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How Do I Choose the Best Blood Bank?

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A blood bank is an establishment that takes donated reserves, and it can either be in the form of a medical office or a mobile drive. Before deciphering between the best blood banks, you should consider what types of items you are looking to donate because certain offices might specialize in specific kinds of reserves. Blood cord reserves are often donated to different types of banks, as the individuals are storing the item for the intention of future usage. The best blood bank will be clean and sanitary, but the staff should also test all donors for any unsafe health ailments prior to the drawing process.

The typical blood bank is a medical office located in a building, and it can accommodate multiple donors at once. One problem with such establishments is that many donors are not willing to travel long distance — if you want to receive compensation, the best blood bank is one that will pay you for your donations. An alternative method is a blood drive, in which the bank utilizes a bus or large van to travel to public places in the hopes of receiving donations. This might be the best option if you cannot travel to a traditional blood bank.

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Blood banks have different needs in terms of donations, and you should take this into consideration before choosing one. Whole blood donations are the most common, and the best banks will likely be in need of these throughout the year. Other more specialized blood banks are in need of specific portions of the blood, including cells, platelets, and plasma.

Cord blood is donated by some parents after the birth of a child, and it is often kept as a reserve in case it is needed for a future health problem, such as cancer. Although most cord blood is donated for private use, public establishments also accept these types of donations as well, and they can be used for other patients. Private cord blood banks require fees upon storing, while the services provided by public versions are generally free for donors.

Aside from the particular kind of blood bank to which you choose to make donations, safety for yourself and the recipients of transfusions should also be a consideration. An inspection within the building or drive should reveal whether the establishment is kept clean. Personnel should also frequently wash their hands and sanitize surfaces between patients. Before you donate blood, a reputable bank will also screen you for infectious diseases in order to determine its safety for recipients.

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