Vol 10. Issue 23 /August 2, 2010

In Brief

Needed: Normal Blood Donors
Because of the continuing success of the Scripps Research Normal Blood Donor Service (NBDS), the NBDS now urgently needs to expand the pool of donors who can provide blood to meet the anticipated demand.

Donors are immediately compensated with a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $100 for a single draw, depending on the quantity of blood needed.

To qualify as a normal blood donor, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg)
  • Have blood pressure between 90-180 mm Hg systolic and 50-100 mm Hg diastolic
  • Not have undergone major surgery within the past six months
  • Score adequately on recent hemoglobin testing
  • Screen negative for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, upon entry into the program and every year after that
  • Not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication on a daily basis

General information about the Scripps Research NBDS is available at http://www.scripps.edu/researchservices/nbd/. More detailed information, including forms for becoming a paid donor, is available at http://nbd.scripps.edu/. Priscilla Crisler, Scripps Research NBDS coordinator can be reached by email at corelab@scripps.edu, by telephone at (858) 652-5418, or by fax at (858) 652-5556.

Upcoming Onsite Clinics
On Monday, August 2, Wednesday, August 4, and Friday, August 6, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be onsite to conduct TB screenings, hepatitis B immunizations, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations.

The clinics will be conducted in the 3366 Building, in Room 325, on the third floor, from 11 AM to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

No appointments are necessary. TB screening requires a 48 to 72 hour follow-up. Individuals receiving the TB screen on Monday will need to return on Wednesday, and individuals screened on Wednesday, will need to return on Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, but hepatitis B immunization, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations will be. To learn more about these programs, see the Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page.

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