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I know this is a little off-the-all, perhaps a tad bit crazy, but nevertheless, would there be any opposition to the inclusion of information (yes, sourced) regarding the obtaining of blood from a bank for the purpose of drinking? I believe this is an important and legitimate phenomenon that should be addressed in this article. BloodForLife 00:45, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

I'd definitely want to see the sources. Considering how often they put out calls about shortages, it's hard to see the Red Cross selling it to people who don't need transfusions. Fan-1967 00:47, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
I don't know about the Red Cross being involved in this activity, as blood banks are administered by individual hospitals. And of course, hospitals are administered by people, and people can be bought. I'll gather up the sources for the section, but I'm saying this now, I don't want to put in a lot of hard work and have someone completely undo it because they consider it too bizarre. So hopefully if anyone has strong objections they'll show up before I do anything. BloodForLife 01:09, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
As long as there's verifiable content from reliable sources, I wouldn't think it a problem. We don't delete content because of the eeewwww factor. Fan-1967 01:19, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
Dispensing blood and blood products is by prescription only in the US. The "ew" factor is definitely a factor; but more importantly, there is no reseach supporting the idea that ingestion of human blood is beneficial and would increase the "drinkers" risk of blood-borne disease as well as acquired hemochromatosis. Conclusion: the blood bank is a repository for human derived 'medicine' and as such, should be treated with the respect of prescription medication and universal precaution body fluids are treated with.BloodGuru (talk) 23:12, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Hemochromatosis is usually a genetic disorder, you can't get it from drinking blood. I'd say leave it out on the sheer basis of WP:FRINGE and WP:INDISCRIMINATE. It certainly wouldn't go into the blood donation article, though we do have an article that mentions taboo foods that mentions blood. SDY (talk) 23:50, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Pardon - Iron overload vs. hemochromatosis. If a would be vampire drank enough blood, they could conceivably become iron-overloaded.BloodGuru (talk) 22:47, 18 March 2009 (UTC)


People donate blood for free and in the 1980s is was sold to patients for $300 a pint. Can someone comment on where the profit goes? Why is there no government oversite?Frankenfoamy (talk) 06:09, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

The $300 pays for disease testing, supplies like the needles and bags used to collect the blood, and to pay the staff that recruit donors, collect, process, manage, and distribute the blood. The major cost is the disease screening, particularly the newer nucleic acid tests, which are run in pools of ten to sixteen since running them individually would be prohibitvely expensive.
There is no information at all in this article about screening. For example, it never occurred to me that samples are pooled. How does screening work? What is the percentage of reliability of different screening methods? (Entropy7 (talk) 20:23, 5 September 2009 (UTC))

sending blood to mexico[edit]

I have a relative that just had a terrible self inflicting gun shot wound. I want to know if I am able to donate blood and send it to Mexico ASAP. Can I send blood by mail or plane to mexico or do I need special permission and documentation. if I could, can someone please let me know how. (talk) 18:36, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

freezing red blood cells[edit]

I have actually worked in a lab where we needed to do this, for research, and I don't believe it works very well - would like to see a source here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:26, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Charles Drew's contributions overstated.[edit]

"In 1939 Charles R. Drew researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II."

His contributions are listed by the American Association of Blood Banks at as:

"1940 The United States government establishes a nationwide program for the collection of blood. Charles R. Drew develops the “Plasma for Britain” program — a pilot project to collect blood for shipment to the British Isles. The American Red Cross participates, collecting 13 million units of blood by the end of World War II. "HedgeFundBob (talk) 00:26, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

history needs expansion[edit]

When did blood banks start screening for blood-borne diseases and disorders? (talk) 12:29, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

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