Ready for Blood Donation? Here’s What You Must Keep in Mind!

Blood donation is a noble deed. And that’s why, none can be forced to donate it. If you have already made up your mind to donate blood, here’s something interesting for you.

So what you need to know?

What you need to know at the very beginning is that there’s a legal document, which clearly defines your consent for donating your blood.

Secondly, there are three types of components in your blood. When the required amount of blood is collected from the donor’s body, it’s get separated into red cell, plasma and platelets. Each of these components perform separate functions in the human body.

Should I Donate Blood? What’s the Risk?

Well, the question is pretty obvious, but don’t worry. Blood Donation itself is a safe procedure. Sterile equipment are used in the process and hence, there’s no risk of infection. A needle will be inserted in your body to collect blood and within 24 hours, the body replaces the lost fluids. The red cells are replaced within several weeks.

Am I eligible for Red Cell, Plasma and Platelet Donation?

Yes, you are if:

  • You are 18 years and above
  • You have a good health and your weight is at least 50 kg.
  • Your haemoglobin (Hb) count is more than 12.5
  • Your BP systolic rate is 100 to 180 and the diastolic is 50 to 100
  • Your pulse is between 50 to 100 without any noticeable disruption

But, keep in mind that you can donate only after 3 months, past your last donation.

What Are the Pre Donation Preps?

Before you donate blood, following preparations are needed.

  • The donor must pass a physical health and case history assessment
  • Donors should have an 8 hour of sleep before donation
  • Each donor must have healthy meal (avoid fatty foods) and plenty of water before donation. They can also have fruit juice
  • Avoid taking aspirin 2 days prior to the blood donation
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before donation.
  • Stay away from donating blood within 6 months of any major surgery

Donors must furnish his medical history before the donation. It helps the doctors determine the eligibility of the person as the donor.

When You Cannot Donate Blood?

You cannot donate blood if:

  • You are an IV drug abuser
  • You have suffered cardiac arrests and are currently undergoing through the treatment of hypertension (diastolic>100, systolic>180), diabetes, kidney disease and epilepsy
  • Women suffered a miscarriage within 6months
  • Donors being treated for malaria for the last 3 months
  • Donors who are given immunization for last 3 months
  • A donor that has consumed alcohol within 24 hours.
  • Donors having diseases like HIV+ve ,HBSAg and HCV +ve or have gone through any dental procedure

What is the Post Duration Care?

Immediately after the blood donation process, the donor must follow certain post donation procedures:

  • Rest for 5-20 minutes
  • Avoid driving immediately after donation
  • Consume the snacks and juices served in the blood donation camp
  • Avoid alcohol for next 8 to 10 hours
  • Avoid all kinds of hard work for the next 24 hours.

So, wait no more! Donate blood now to save lives!