Posted November 09, 2019 03:30:13Donation machines are becoming more commonplace in hospitals across the US, but they’re still not widely used, with many hospitals still requiring people to present an ID before they can give plasma to patients.
That may soon change, thanks to a recent video from the American Plasma Association (APA) showing a plasma donation machine at the US Hospital for Special Surgery in Philadelphia.
In the clip, a patient in the video can be seen handing over a small tube containing a syringe with a “liquid” on it, which is the standard donation method.
The patient then takes the tube back to the machine, and it’s clear that the machine is still not fully operational.
“The machines are running on batteries,” the patient says, as the nurse on-screen says, “but we have to put it back in the freezer.”
“The batteries are dead.
You’re just going to have to do a few cycles to get them working again.”
It’s unclear why the nurse doesn’t just put the syringe back into the machine and let the patient get back to her feet.
The video ends with the patient sitting on a wheelchair, and the nurses and nurses’ assistants in the background seem to look concerned.
The patient was clearly not sure if the donation machine was going to work, as she looks down at her hand.
This type of machine is called a donation card, and is a much cheaper and more accessible option to give plasma than traditional blood donation.
The APA recommends that anyone with a need for a plasma transfusion, such as a stroke patient or a patient with a medical condition that requires blood transfusions, can donate their plasma through a donation machine.
The plasma donation card is often seen as the most cost-effective and convenient way to donate plasma.
However, the machines are not as widely used as other methods of donation, with some hospitals only allowing people to donate their blood once a month.
Despite that, the APA says that in 2018, the total number of plasma donation machines across the country was just shy of 3,000, compared to about 50,000 in 2019.
According to the APC, there are currently over 15,000 donation machines in the US.