Blood banks and facilities that operate blood donation programs need to have rapid testing for certain diseases prior to drawing blood from potential donors. Yes, you must answer questions about yourself but that should not dismiss the fact that testing or actual blood pre-screening testing should accompany those answers so that all is correct and validated prior to sticking a needle to draw blood from people; and subsequently accumulating large volumes of contaminated blood that can be of harm if used by another individual. For example, at Bloody Mess Volunteer Services people come to donate blood. They answer the basic questions and have a lot of fun eating sweets, looking for that sympathetic medical worker to tell their problems to and chatting with the other strangers that walk in. I refer to this as having a warped social life- well at least these people are not stuck up! For the most part, blood banks don't have to worry about that problem. Anyway, the facility notices it has spent a lot of money on supplies and has not had a good rate of acceptable blood donations. They consider reducing their days of operation as a result. Suddenly, a rep from Bloody Mary Quick Tests comes by to talk to them regarding their testing procedures and how Bloody Mess can save money and time by pre-screening potential donors. The staff listens to the reps presentation of the Blood Donor Bio-Test. "What the hell is that?" asks an employee from Bloody Mess. The rep states that the Blood Donor Bio-Test is an all in one test that rapidly looks for antigens for AIDS, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hepatitis and the presence of drugs or medications and other diseases that will prevent a person from donating blood. A needle stick obtains a droplet of blood from the donor, the blood is collected from a mini droplet tube, the droplet tube is then placed on the test strip of the Blood Donor Bio-Test, that then determines if a person is presently exposed to certain diseases or medications. The potential donor should be pre-screened privately and will complete the necessary HIPAA information. Once the results are determined he or she may be allowed to donate blood if all is acceptable. If the results are not satisfactory then they will not be allowed to donate blood and will be instructed to see their physician.
This process will reduced incidences of contaminated blood collection and the potential harm it can cause. It will also alert potential donors of a medical problem. If they are unaware prior to the blood donation as opposed to finding out perhaps a few weeks later that their blood was not accepted for the following reasons. The blood Donor Bio-Test, Now they no longer have to write home about it!