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Donating Blood with sleep apnea

Postby BigEB » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:15 pm

Has anybody ever been denied the opportunity to give blood because they have sleep apnea? If so why?
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I've never been asked about my sleep apnea

Postby m_k_rich » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:24 pm

and I'm a regular donor. Can't imagine why OSA would disqualify you.
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Re: Donating Blood with sleep apnea

Postby Daniel » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:29 pm

BigEB wrote:Has anybody ever been denied the opportunity to give blood because they have sleep apnea? If so why?


NO. But I have been denied because I have hypertension and take medication for it.

OSA should not have any effect on giving blood.............do you have other conditions ?

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Postby dieselgal » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:58 pm

Daniel did they really deny you for high blood pressure? I have HBP and take medication and they don't deny me here for that. they did turn me down once when I was getting sick.
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Postby Will » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:55 pm

I'm a regular donor too, never had a problem because of OSA. But then again, I don't think the topic of having OSA has ever come up on the questionairre? I don't take any meds related to it.

But some times I think they'd take me even if I was growing a second head, I have AB- and the vampires call me to get me in pretty much the second the required amount of time since last donation has elapsed :lol:
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Postby Jeeper » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:08 pm

I donate blood and I make sure they are aware of all the meds I take including CPAP use. There seems to be no problem with OSA and blood donation. There is more of a concern over any recent use of aspirin than of the prescription meds I am taking.
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Postby SnoozeHunter » Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:00 pm

I have never been asked about sleep apnea when donating. I also take meds for HBP and it hasn't been an issue. However, I have stopped donating blood as of last year since having a very bad experience last time. We don't know what caused it but I doubt it had anything to do with having sleep apnea, at least not directly.

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Postby Daniel » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:25 am

dieselgal wrote:Daniel did they really deny you for high blood pressure? I have HBP and take medication and they don't deny me here for that. they did turn me down once when I was getting sick.


Yes. I have been denied, but they have me marked down as a donor because I made the effort. In Ireland there is a detailed triage system before giving blood. Medication for hypertension is a no no. They are very strict and carry out further tests before allowing you to give blood. I was amazed at the time, but it was explained to me in great detail at the time.

My wife, who has been giving blood regularly for over 25 years was denied about 3 years ago, as soon as she started medication for hypertension.

Not sure about the US (stories about payments for blood), in Ireland it is completely voluntary with no payments.

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Postby Gerri » Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:41 am

I have never been denied. I cannot ever give blood again, as a result of the first and only time I gave blood (32 years ago). A month after giving blood my iron was so very low, I was anemic. My body does not rebuild the iron. As most medicines plus the iron supplements have sulfites and sulfates in them, which I have become highly allergic too this also stops me from giving blood.

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Most (all?) US blood donors are volunteers

Postby m_k_rich » Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:58 am

The AIDS breakout in the '80s largely (perhaps entirely?) did away with the practice of paying blood donors.

Although, in some college towns students are paid for plasma donations (you have to lie on the couch for nearly 2 hours as a machine separates the plasma from your other blood components, pumping the red cells and platelets back in with saline solution to replace the lost plasma volume). Screening is pretty strict though; that's why they focus on comparatively young and healthy college students as donors.

My blood pressure medication does not exclude me as a donor here. There is a list of medications that will permanently exclude a donor, though. The reason is that these drugs are expected to linger in the patient's system, and could be harmful to blood recipients (or the fetuses of pregnant women).
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Postby JohnK » Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:50 pm

Well I must just be lucky I have Sleep Apnea, HBP & Hemachromatosis. Hemachromatosis is generatic condition regarding too much feritin or iron in the blood. The teatment is to take a unit of blood periodically. Bottom line Sleep Apnea has never been raised as a show stopper when I give my blood for this conditionn nor has HBP.
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Postby Vicki » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:43 pm

I have heard of some cases where apnea may cause an increase in red blood cell count because of the hypoxia. The mechanism is the same as mountaineers acclimating to a high altitude climb by their bodies producing more red blood cells. I don't think that would not preclude someone from donating blood because the increased red blood cell count is due to a normal physiological response.

However in cases of Hemachromatosis with an increase in iron levels due to a genetic disorder, even though blood is removed periodically, donating that blood is denied since it has abnormally high iron levels.

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