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Privileges for blood donors?

In my home country you're given a day-off on the day of blood donation, plus if you're a frequent donor, you receive a lot of privileges. How is it in Switzerland?
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Old 13.05.2016, 14:22
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In my home country you're given a day-off on the day of blood donation, plus if you're a frequent donor, you receive a lot of privileges. How is it in Switzerland?
Wow, you get a day off and priviliges? In my country you get a snack and a drink and then back to work (which is fully ok imho if you feel well)
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

You get free chocolate.
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

In the UK you get a cuppa and a biscuit (if you're lucky, a chocolate one) and then get sent on your way. You also have to answer some questions that I can't imagine ANYONE answering with a straight face...


If you're a fainter, you also get a bit of a lie down. And then the mickey is taken when you go back to work. That's certainly my experience when my old place of work used to let us donors out to give blood at the TA barracks around the corner. We could use company time, however. I think they gave us up to about an hour. Unless you're a fainter. Then different rules applied. Mostly the mickey was taken the next day.
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

Some employers will organise a works trip to the donor centre, or organise for the blood bank to come to the workplace if enough workers are interested.

The main advantage of being a blood donor here (apart from the rosy glow you get for 'doing good') is that you'll get free transfusions if you ever need them.
What goes around comes around and all that.
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?
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People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?
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People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?
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From http://www.blutspende.ch/de/blutspen...n_blut_spenden
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9. Keine Aufenthalte im Vereinigten Königreich (UK) von mehr als sechs Monaten zwischen 1980 und 1996
Das Vereinigte Königreich umfasst England, Wales, Schottland, Nordirland, Isle of Man, Kanalinseln, Falklandinseln und Gibraltar. Der Grund für dieses Kriterium basiert auf der vCJD-Krankheit (Variante Creutzfeldt-Jakob-Krankheit). Mehrere Fälle dieser Krankheit traten seit 1980 in Grossbritannien und Nordirland auf. Da eine Übertragung via Blut nicht ausgeschlossen werden kann, musste die Blutspende SRK Schweiz diesen vorsorglichen Ausschluss vornehmen.
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People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?


Really? Even if the initial sample is tested?
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

I've donated enough anyway, +50 for me..

My prize in the UK .. A little heart shape badge :/
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People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?
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The American Red Cross is even more restrictive
http://www.redcrossblood.org/donatin...l-listing#arc5

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Really? Even if the initial sample is tested?
It can not be tested.
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

What country gives you a day off?
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Really? Even if the initial sample is tested?
At the moment the only way of 'testing' for BSE (mad cow disease) is postmortem. Same goes for what many people think is the human form of mad cow; Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, at the moment it can only be confirmed after death (although there is a possible test in the development pipeline it will take quite a while for that to become the norm at blood banks).

So finding out that the donor's initial blood sample is clear is pretty much moot as they won't be giving any more!
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What country gives you a day off?
The OP appears to be russian.
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At the moment the only way of 'testing' for BSE (mad cow disease) is postmortem. Same goes for what many people think is the human form of mad cow; Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, at the moment it can only be confirmed after death (although there is a possible test in the development pipeline it will take quite a while for that to become the norm at blood banks).

So finding out that the donor's initial blood sample is clear is pretty much moot as they won't be giving any more!
A highly-specific test has been developed, but it'll probably be some time before it becomes commercially available, if ever.
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People from the UK are still excluded from donating?

Mad cow disease and all that?
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Yep.
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What country gives you a day off?
Russia, probably other USSR countries as well.
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I've donated enough anyway, +50 for me..

My prize in the UK .. A little heart shape badge :/
My dad got dinner and a soft blood-drop toy, but that might have been 60 donations.
I'm not only British, but a reciever (In the UK) so I can never donate again. I gave three (low flow a fainter so they sent me away a lot) and got four after my baby was born. I always feel bad when the Uni has a blood-drive and I have to walk past knowing I can not pay of my 'debt'
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What country gives you a day off?
Is it a day off with pay?
And how many times a week can one give blood?
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Re: Privileges for blood donors?

The US is really strict. I was in a car wreck in 1983 and had a head injury. In the Emergency Room, they gave me a dose of Dilantin, which is the anti-seizure medicine that they give epileptics.

Because of that one dose, I can never donate blood again, which I think is a bit of overkill, but, whatever.
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