Donate Blood
What is Blood donation?
There are fears that a blood donation will leave us deficient and thin. It is just a myth and the fact is just opposite. Blood donation is actually healthy for us. It ensures fresh blood production within our body and the donated blood is recovered within a short period of time. In the developed world, most blood donors are unpaid volunteers who give blood for a community supply. In poorer countries, established supplies are limited and donors usually give blood when family or friends need a transfusion. Many donors donate as an act of charity, but some are paid and in some cases there are incentives other than money such as paid time off from work. A donor can also have blood drawn for their own future use. Donating is relatively safe, but some donors have bruising where the needle is inserted or may feel faint.
Give them a tomorrow …….
if you Give Blood today……
Who needs blood?
Someone needs blood every 2 seconds. The list is a long one, here are few recipients.
Accident victims.
Premature babies.
Patients undergoing major surgeries require whole blood.
Patients suffering from anemia.
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Fresh frozen plasma is used for patients having massive transfusions.
Patients with hemophilia.
Who can donate blood?
A donor (men and women) should be between 18-55 years with a body weight of 50 kg and above.
The pulse rate and temperature should be normal.
The blood pressure should be within a normal range.
Not in starvation or special dieting program.
Who can’t donate blood?
Individuals with history of epilepsy, abnormal bleeding, asthma and cardiovascular problems.
Pregnant, lactating and menstruating women.
Those suffering from diseases like jaundice, malaria, hepatitis, measles and syphilis, positive for HIV.
People who have undergone surgery and blood transfusion.
Individuals who have consumed alcohol.
You have ever injected yourself with drugs or other substances not prescribed by a physician,
You have hemophilia or another Blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrate,
You have been held in a correctional facility (including jails, prisons and/or detention centers) for more than 72 hours in the last 12 months,
How much blood is collected and what is done with it?
Only 350 - 450 ml of blood is collected from us. Remember, we have 5-6 liters of blood flowing through our body. The withdrawn volume is restored within 24 hours and the haemoglobin and cell components are restored in 5-8 weeks. Therefore, we can donate blood every three months. The blood is collected in a sterile containers (bags) containing anticoagulants, which prevent clotting and provides nutrition for the cells. The blood is stored at 2-6 C or -20 C depending on the component prepared. The donated blood undergoes tests for blood grouping, tests for infections like hepatitis, AIDS, malaria and syphilis. Before it is given to the recipient, it undergoes the compatibility test. Blood from one donor can save 3 patients.
If you donate Money …. You give Food
But if you donate Blood …..You give Life
Basic Requirements
Be in generally good health and feeling well.
Be at least 17 years of age; upper age 60 (420d*).
Weigh at least 110 pounds (45 kg).
Pulse: 80 to 100 beats/min and regular.
Temperature: Should not exceed 99.5 (37.5c).
Blood Pressure: acceptable range is 160/90 to 110/60.
Skin: the venipuncture site should be free of any lesion or scar of needle pricks indicative of addiction to narcotics or frequent Blood donation (as in the case of professional Blood donors).
Donation Frequency
Whole Blood donors may donate every 56 days.
Plasma donors may donate twice a week (max. every 48 hours.)
Platelet donors may donate a maximum of 24 times per year.
Other specialized donations are subject to other rules.
Care that a donor should take after donating blood.
Eat and Drinks something before leaving.
Drink more liquids than usual in next 4 hours.
Avoid consuming alcohol until you have eating something.
Don't smoke for next 30 minutes.
Avoid climbing steps for next 30 minutes.
If there is bleeding from the phlebotomy site, raise the arm and apply pressure.
If fainting or dizziness occurs, either lie down or site with the head between the knees.
Resume all normal activities if no symptoms occur.
Remove bandage next day.
What should I eat after blood donation?
Drink some liquid like tea, cold drink, juice, etc. to replenish fluid and eat some snacks. All this will be available for you at the blood donation site.
Organize A Blood Donation Drive
By organizing a blood drive with just 10 people, you can save up to 30 lives. That's because each unit of donated blood can be divided for at least three life-saving purposes:
Red blood cells are used for surgery, kidney dialysis, and to treat anemia.
Plasma is used to treat burn victims and patients in shock. Platelets are used for surgery, and to treat leukemia, as well as other forms of cancer.
Note: Another component of blood, cryoprecipitate, can be used as a clotting protein for hemophiliacs.
Reason for not giving blood is because "No One Asked Me " So, please ask, by organizing a blood drive.
Organize a blood drive at your office, apartment building, or place of worship. The American Red Cross shows you how to sponsor a blood drive and provides a blood drive planning checklist, blood donor recruitment videos, and a blood donation fact sheet that you can print out or e-mail to help generate interest in your blood drive.
Few blessings for you
Your precious blood is running in my veins ………
Someone saved my life ……… was it you?