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Blood Donation Camp
August 12, 2018 - 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

FAQ

What is blood?

Blood is the red fluid that is pumped from the heart to all the organs in the body. Blood delivers oxygen that is required by every cell in the body.

When and who requires blood?

Blood and blood products are needed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergencies, patients undergoing surgeries, organ transplants, burns, injuries, patients having heart disease, sickle cell anemia and soon.

Thalassemic children survive only because of blood transfusions.

What is the average requirement of blood?

Ninety-five percent of us who live up to the age 72 will need blood or blood products at some point in our lives, yet only five percent of the population donate blood on a regular basis.

Where do we get blood from?

Blood cannot be manufactured or engineered; blood is all natural and the only source YOU, the voluntary donor.

Why do individuals NOT come forward for donating blood?

There are many doubts about blood donation. Some people are scared, some people aren’t sure of what it involves, some people do not have the time !!

Will an individual get HIV by donating blood?

No, one cannot get HIV by donating blood. Totally sterile disposable blood bags and needless are used for blood collection.

Who is eligible to donate blood?

In India, one can start donating blood at the age of 18 and up to the age of 60, the weight must be at least 45 kgs, and one must be in good health.

What should I do before donating?

We want your donation experience to be pleasant. Please remember : have a light meal/ breakfast half an hour before you donate.

Tell us the name and dosage of any medications you are taking. Medications will not keep you away from donating, but the reason for taking them might.

How much blood is collected per donation?

Depending on one’s weight 350 ml of blood is collected.

What happens during blood donation?

A donor registration card is filled that includes your name, address and a few other details. You will be asked a few questions about your health. You will go through a simple medical checkup including blood pressure, and pulse. A drop of blood will be obtained from your finger tip to test for hemoglobin% You will proceed to a donor bed where your arm will be cleaned with antiseptic.

During the donation process, you will donate 350 ml depending on your weight. After the process is over, you will rest for about 15 minutes. Following your donation, you will be given refreshment.

Will I have any problems after donating blood and do I need to take any special care?

No, you will generally not have any problem after donating. However, if you feel light-headed or dizzy even after 5 mts of rest and having refreshment, lie down with your legs raised until the feeling passes. If some bleeding occurs, apply pressure to the site and keep your arm raised for three to five minutes.

What do I do after donating blood?

Increase your fluid intake for the next 24 hours. Do not smoke or chew tobacco for 30 minutes. Avoid strenuous physical exertion, heavy lifting or pulling with the donation arm for at least 24 hrs.

How soon after donating can I practice sports?

Sports can be resumed the day after the donation.

How long will it take to replenish the blood I have given?

Blood volume or plasma is replaced within 24 hours. Red cells need about 21 days for complete replacement.

If I donate now, when can I donate again?

A normal healthy individual can donate once in three months.

What are laboratory tests performed on the collected blood?

  • Hepatitis B & C
  • Malarial Parasite
  • HIV I & II (AIDS)
  • Venereal disease (Spyphilis)
  • Blood Group

What is done to the blood that is donated?

Blood is separated into it’s components as follows

  • Red blood cells – are administered to replenishblood loss- usually used by trauma and surgery patients.

Fresh frozen plasma – the liquid part of the blood, is administered to patients with liver problems, burns cases etc.

Platelets – helps in clotting when cuts or other open wounds occur. Leukemia and transplant patients, often need platelet transfusions.Thus one blood donation can help save three lives !!

 

Why is voluntary blood donation important?

Voluntary blood donation is important since you, the voluntary blood donor form the back-bone of the blood banks, which in turn is the foundation of a safe, and reliable blood transfusion system in our country. This system assures that when somebody falls ill, somebody meets with an accident or when a child is to be born, rich or poor, whatever caste or creed YOUR BLOOD can save them.

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