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Blood Donation: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Do you have any blood donation experience? Saving lives and enhancing the health of patients in need are both made possible through blood donation. Your act of kindness has the potential to have a big impact and spread humanity and compassion over the globe. One Indian out of every five, according to statistics, does not want to donate blood because they are afraid of what can happen to their bodies. Explore the specifics of blood donation so that we can motivate more Indians to do it on a regular basis.

Who is Eligible for Blood Donation?

Certain requirements must be completed in order to guarantee the security of both contributors and beneficiaries. This comprises:

• The donor must be between the ages of 18 and 65.

• Weight The donor should weigh at least 50 kg.

• Optimum health

Acute respiratory conditions or any other sickness should not be present in the donor at the time of donation.

• A donor's haemoglobin concentration should be at least 12.5 grammes.

• Medical issues

Blood sugar and blood pressure must be under control in the donor.

• Women

Menstruating or nursing women should not donate. For six months following an abortion and twelve months following delivery, they shouldn't donate.

• High danger

Donations shouldn't be made by anyone who are at risk for HIV and Hepatitis B or C.

• Time lag

It is essential that male donors wait 90 days between blood donations, and female donors must wait 120 days.

• Chronic illnesses

Donors should see their doctor if they have any particular medical issues.

How significant is blood donation?

As a lifeline for countless people in need, blood donation is of utmost importance. You can help patients dealing with a variety of medical issues by giving blood, which has the capacity to save lives and enhance health. Transfusions of blood can make the difference between life and death in emergency scenarios like car accidents and natural catastrophes. Every single drop of blood you donate has the capacity to provide someone in need comfort, hope, and a second chance at life.

Who needs to donate blood?

Various groups and circumstances require blood, including:

• Accident and trauma victims

Large volumes of blood may be needed to stabilise the condition of people who have been in accidents or who have suffered severe injuries.

surgical patients

Blood transfusions are frequently required by patients having significant surgeries, such as heart surgery or joint replacement surgery, to replenish blood lost during the treatment.

• labour Pregnant women who experience major problems during labour.

• Cancer sufferers

It may be necessary to have blood transfusions to maintain the patient's compromised immune system because several cancer treatments can harm blood cells.

• Individuals with blood disorders

Blood transfusions are frequently required by people with illnesses like haemophilia or sickle cell disease in order to treat their symptoms and enhance their quality of life.

How does one get ready to donate blood?

Giving blood is an easy and powerful way to help others. In order to successfully and comfortably donate blood, donors should: • Fuel up with a healthy meal and lots of water prior.

• Have a restful night's sleep.

Wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that may be easily rolled up above the elbow, and bring any necessary medical records with you.

• Avoid using smoke and alcohol before the donation.

What negative effects might blood donation cause?

There are no long-term negative effects, although it is advised to: • Drink more fluids and stay hydrated.

• For 24 hours after giving blood, avoid exercising or engaging in any strenuous physical activity.

• If you have dizziness, spend a few minutes lying down.

• Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.

• For any odd symptoms, see a doctor.

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