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Facts about blood donation
* Person above 18 years of age and over 50 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.,

* The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.

From India, Coimbatore
@ Jothi

Yesterday I donate blood as part of the blood donation camp organised by our company...

Just to know about the process I was going through google, from where ultimately come back to sitehr... Hence go through the post...

Few more facts regarding blood donation are as follows:

Basic Requirements to donate blood:

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.

A single donation could save the life of three people. The blood can be given as whole blood or separated into three different components- red blood cells, plasma and platelets, which can help different types of patients.

“Doctor, can’t we just buy the blood.” “I am scared to donate blood.” “I will fall sick if I donate.” These are common repartees encountered when individuals are faced with a situation when they are in fact in a position to save a life. How real are these fears?

Myth: Being a vegetarian, means that the blood does not have enough iron and cannot be donated.

Fact: Vegetarians can donate blood. The iron needed is taken from body stores and once a balanced diet is maintained is replaced after donation. This usually normally takes a month or so.

Myth: Giving blood hurts.

Fact: The pain experienced is no more than a needle prick. The slight soreness that maybe where the needle was is just a reminder of the good deed done.

Myth: HIV or other infections can be contracted from donating blood.

Fact: A clear procedure exists for taking blood from each donor. Sterility is maintained at all steps. A sterile, new needle is used for each donation and is then properly discarded. Use of sterile equipment and technique limits the chance of infection.

Myth: Giving blood is time consuming

Fact: The time taken for a single donation session is normally not more than an hour or so.

Myth: There is limited blood in the body and it is unhealthy to give some away.

Fact: Only about 470ml of blood is taken during a donation session. There is enough blood in the body to donate it without experiencing any ill effects. The body makes new blood after donation.

Myth: Age is a deterrent to blood donation.

Fact: Anyone up to the age of 60 who is fit and healthy can give blood.

Myth: Heavy people are healthier and have more blood to give.

Fact: Being overweight makes people less healthy. Overweight people do not have more blood.

Myth: Health deteriorates after donating blood.

Fact: If you are healthy prior to donation, your recovery is complete in a day or two. It is advised to rest a while after donating. Drinking enough liquids replaces the lost fluid within a couple of hours. The body produces new cells faster after a donation. All the RBCs are replaced within 3-4 days and WBCs within 3 weeks.

Myth: you cannot take part in sports or other physical activities after donating blood.

Fact: Giving blood does not interfere with ability to perform physically. Advice to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous workouts for the rest of the day is given after the donation. You can get back on track the next day.

Myth: Taking medication means that one cannot be a blood donor.

Fact: Depending on the medication being taken, it may halt donation for a period, though in many cases it won't prevent a donation. The person in charge or the nursing staff should be informed before donating.

Myth: When there is a requirement, blood can be manufactured.

Fact: Blood is not something that can be manufactured. It can only come from healthy human beings.

Myth: Being of mixed race precludes blood from being helpful.

Fact: Race and caste have no bearing on eligibility for being a blood donor. It is the blood type and group that is of importance.

Myth: Blood donation can tell if one is HIV positive.

Fact: HIV antibodies can take months to develop after infection with the virus. Those recently infected may have a negative test result and yet be able to infect others. It is better not to donate blood if at risk of getting HIV or other infections.

With regards,

Dipil Kumar V

From India
you can also refer to http://www.friendstosupport.org for more details even you can get the donar's list also.

From India, Hyderabad
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