why donate

ABOUT BLOOD

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Blood is the essential fluid that carries out the critical functions of transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells and getting rid of carbon dioxide, ammonia, and other waste products in the body. In addition, it plays a vital role in our immune system and in maintaining a relatively constant body temperature.Normally, 7-8% of human body weight is from blood. In adults, this amounts to 4.5-6 quarts of blood. This essential fluid Blood is a highly specialized tissue composed of more than 4,000 different kinds of components. Four of the most important ones are red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma. There is no substitute to human blood.

  • One unit of blood saves approximately three lives
  • Healthy donors are the only source of blood
  • The entire process takes less than one hour
  • Only 5% of the eligible population donates blood every year
  • Donating blood is a simple and safe process
  • Every blood donor is examined for temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, blood grouping and haemoglobin level
  • Average adult ha about 5-6 liters of blood in his body. Only 350/450ml blood is drawn during donation
  • Donated volume of blood is replaced by new blood within 24-48 hours
  • Donated blood is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B& C, Syphilis and malaria
  • Information given to the blood bank during the donation process is strictly confidential
  • Regulation in india allows people to donate blood once in every 90mdays for male donor and 120 days for female donor

FACTS ABOUT BLOOD DONATION

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WHO CAN
DONATE BLOOD

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  • Age about 18-60 years
  • Weight >45kg for 350ml, 55kg for 450ml
  • BP: Systolic 100-160, Diastolic 60-90
  • Pulse: 60-100 beats/minute
  • Have normal body temperature (37.5 degree C) at the time of donation
  • Haemoglobin count should not be less than 12.5gm/dl
  • Be free of any mental and physical disease at the time of donation
  • People with heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders
  • Those on medication for diabetes or hypertension
  • Those who have undergone major surgery recently
  • Those who has an attack of jaundice, rubella, typhoid or malaria
  • Person suffering from AIDS, Hepatitis B &C, Syphilis and malaria
  • Pregnant or breast feeding women
  • Those who recently had an abortion
  • Those who are under the influence of alcohol
  • Those who are on steroids, hormonal supplements or other medicines
  • Drug addicts

WHO SHOULD NOT
DONATE BLOOD

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WHEN TRANSFUSION
IS ESSENTIAL

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  • Anaemia
  • Loss of blood from injury
  • During certain surgeries
  • When body cannot produce sufficient blood
  • Severe burns
  • Severe infection that stops the body from properly making blood or some blood components
  • Severe liver malfunction (transfusion of albumin)
  • Bleeding disorder like haemophilia or thrombocytopenia
  • Those undergoing step cell transplantation
  • Those suffering from chronic renal failure