Donate Blood - It could save someones life

Recently come across very good compilation on the basics tips for blood donors.
Certain myths need to understand and have to get rid off for active participation in regular blood donation.

Some basic health conditions have to be met by donors. A donor should:
  • Person above 18 years of age and over 45 Kgs. in weight can donate blood once in three months
  • A normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.
  • This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!
  • No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.
  • The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.
  • The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.
  • Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer from anemia, high blood pressure etc. Should be free of any disease at the time of donation
  • The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
  • Have normal body temperature at the time of donation.
  • The minimum time advised between two donations is 3 months. This gap helps blood regain the normal hemoglobin count
Tips on Blood Donation
  • Please have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
  • Please accept the snacks offered after the donation. It is recommended to have a good meal later.
  • Please avoid smoking on the day before donating. One can smoke 3 hours after donation.
  • One is not eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
    Who should not donate blood?

  • Pregnant or lactating women or those who have recently had an abortion.
  • Persons who are on steroids, hormonal supplements or certain specified medication.
  • Persons with multiple sexual partners or those who are addicted to drugs.
  • Persons who have had an attack of infection like jaundice, rubella, typhoid or malaria.
  • Persons who have undergone surgery in the previous six months.
  • Persons who have consumed alcohol in the 48 hours prior to donation.
  • Women should avoid donation during their menstruating period.
  • Persons with any systemic disease like heart disease, kidney disease, liver problems, blood disorders or asthma should NOT donate blood.
  • Persons suffering from infections transmitted through transfusions like HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis etc should not donate blood.

Misconception about Donating Blood
  • You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
  • You can resume your normal activities after donating blood, though you are asked to refrain from exercise or heavy weight lifting for twelve hours after donation.
  • Donating blood will not leave you low of blood; in fact you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
  • While donating blood you will not feel any pain.
  • You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood. This is a common misconception.
  • You will not get AIDS if you donate blood.
  • Patients are just like donors - most of them have common blood types. Because your blood type is common, the demand for that type is greater than for rare types. So, even if your blood type is common there is still a requirement.

Does it hurt?
·         No more than a slight pinch. You should feel fine after you donate; but, some people get a little dizzy so be careful. After donating, you have to  resume your usual routine.
How long will it take to donate?
·         The entire process takes less than an hour; and the actual blood donation usually takes about 15 minutes.


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