Blood Donation Awareness

RASHTROTTHANA PARISHAT is a Registered Charitable Organization Striving in the fields of Mass Awareness, Mass Education and Social Service, since 1965. It achieves its purpose through several projects. A full-fledged Blood Bank is one of its project. It is a Voluntary Blood Bank and it is recognized as ‘Regional Blood Transfusion Centre’ by the Government of Karnataka.

Blood life-stream of human body:   

There is no substitute for blood. Researchers have investigated a number of possible blood substitutes. Even though certain chemicals and some natural substances can carry oxygen, they cannot perform all the functions of natural blood. Blood cannot be manufactured synthetically. The only source of blood & Blood products is still the human body. As long as blood cannot be manufactured, blood transfusion services must depend upon fellow-human beings to save lives.

Body makes up what one donate:        

The average blood volume in a healthy individual is about 5 to 6 liters.  At every blood donation, roughly about 350/450ml of blood depending on the body weight is collected. Our body compensates this volume replaced within 24 to 48 hours. One can resume normal routine within an hour of donating blood.

You too, can 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.

In spite of all the above advantages and probably due to lack of awareness about blood donation, still only about 5% of eligible Donors donate blood.

 Blood Requirement Circumstances

  • Accident victims.
  • Patients undergoing all major surgeries.
  • Patients of Thalassemia.
  • All types of cancer patients.
  • Burn victims.
  • Women during complicated childbirth or excessive bleeding or severe anemia or hysterectomy and other surgeries in case of tubal pregnancies.
  • Patients with Bleeding Tendencies.
  • Blood is needed for bleeding injuries and life-saving operations. By donating blood, you may make the difference between life and death of a needy individual. 
Eligibility Criteria for Blood Donation

One can donate blood subject to the following criteria.

Age                                                         :

First time Donor shall not be over 60 years of age
For repeat Donor upper limit is 65 years.
For Apheresis Donors 18-60 years.

Min. Weight                                         :

45-55kgs – For 350ml, >55kgs – For 450ml.
Apheresis -50 kg.

Min. Haemoglobin                             :           >12.5 gms%

Interval between donations             :

For whole blood donation, once in three months (90 days) for males and four months (120 days) for females.
·         For Apheresis, at least 48 hours interval after Platelet Apheresis shall be kept (not more than 2 times a week, limited to 24 in one year).
·         After whole blood donation a Platelet pheresis Donor shall not be accepted before 28 days.
·         Apheresis Platelet Donor shall not be accepted for whole blood donation before 28 days from the last Platelet donation provided reinfusion of red cell was complete in the last Platelet pheresis donation.  If the reinfusion of red cells was not complete then the Donor shall not be accepted within 90 days.
·         A Donor shall not donate any type of donation within 12 months after a bone marrow harvest, within 6 months after a peripheral stem cell harvest.
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Time of donation                                :           Usually within 4 hrs after intake of food

Precautionary Measure for Blood Donation before Blood Donation  
  • Have a good meal and lots of fluids.
  • Sleep well the previous night (Minimum 6 hours).
  • Relax during Blood Donation as it is for a good cause to save lives, of needy persons, not to shed blood! Your contribution may make the difference of life and death to patient in distress.

The Concerned counselor writes his/her name along with the remarks for having counseled the Donor and signs in Blood Donor Questionnaire.

Blood Donor Registration