About Blood

  • Human Blood is produced by human beings only. There is no substitute.
  • Blood keeps the body healthy and active.
  • Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body and takes carbon dioxide and other waste products to the lungs, kidneys and liver for disposal.
  • There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: Red Blood Cells, Platelets, Plasma and Cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a unit of donated whole blood.
  • A single donation can potentially help more than one patient.
  • Donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components only. The process of donating specific blood components – Single Donor Platelets is called Apheresis.
  • One transfusion dose of Platelets can be obtained through one Apheresis donation of Platelets or by combining the Platelets derived from 6-8 whole blood donations.
  • Most donated red blood cells must be used within 35 or 42 days of collection.
  • Donated Platelets must be used within 5 days of collection so that new donations are constantly needed.
  • Plasma and Cryoprecipitate are stored in frozen state and can be used for up to one year after collection.
  • Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and Platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation – some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.

 

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