- It’s a great joy to donate blood.
- Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure, and gives you the great feeling of having saved up to 3 lives.
- Today in the developed world, most blood Donors are unpaid volunteers who donate blood for a community supply.
- Most of the people have enough blood in body but just need an awareness about donation
- Many people may think that they do not need blood ever, but many do.
- In fact, Blood Donor will be a hero to someone, somewhere, who received their gracious gift of life.
Getting Ready for Blood Donation:
- Hydrate; Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of Blood donation.
- Wear Something Comfortable.
- If possible, include iron-rich foods in the diet, especially in the weeks before Blood donation.
- Bring a List of prescribed Medications if any. We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in the system.
Tips for Before Donation
- Maintain a healthy iron level in the diet by eating iron rich foods
- Hydrate – drink an extra 200ml of liquid before and after Blood donation
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Avoid foods high in fat just prior to donation
- Do not Donate blood after any vaccination for certain period of time
Benefit by Donating Blood:
- The more the merrier! Frequent blood donors assure us that they feel physically rejuvenated and mentally more fulfilled after every blood donation.
- There are also reports that it is good to donate blood regularly to prevent some heart diseases and high blood pressure.
- Blood donation is a Divine Act
- Satisfaction of doing a Noble Work
Facts about the blood donation
- The life of blood cells in the human body is 120 days, if the blood is not donated, it would have got destroyed in the body.
- Instead of wasting the blood one can donate and save one to three lives.
- Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each Donor and then discarded.
- Blood donation is a simple four-step process: Registration, Medical history and mini-physical, Donation and Refreshments.
- Every blood Donor is given a mini-physical test, checking the Donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the Donor to give blood.
- The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour.
- The average adult has about 5 to 6 liters of blood in his body. Roughly 1 unit is given during a donation.
- A healthy Donor may donate red blood cells every 90 days.
- Donated volume of blood is replaced within 24 – 48 hours.
- A healthy Donor may donate Platelets as few as 3 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
- All donated blood is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and MP before it can be issued.
- Information you give to the Blood Bank during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.