Blood Donation

About Blood Donation

Social Concern

  • ]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

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