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Be Nice To Me : I donated Blood :)

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There was a drive of Blood Donation at our Office yesterday (21 Feb 2014)..
I donated Whole Blood .. And it feels nice.. 🙂

Naah..!! I am not a first timer.. Last time I gave blood was 3 yrs back I guess..

I feel bad, when my HB doesn’t matches to their requirement of donating blood…

Here I am mentioning some things about Donating Blood.. Hope it helps someone, to feel and go for their first Blood Donation 🙂

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World Blood Donor Day : 14 June

Image Why blood donation ?

  • According to WHO

Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
Image Women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and hemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;
Image Children with severe anemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;
Image People with severe trauma following accidents; and
Image Many surgical and cancer patients.
Image It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as Thessalonian and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.

Image Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion!
Image 20 percent of recipients are children – many are cancer patients!
Image Giving blood is 100 percent safe!
Image One pint of blood from one donor can save up to three lives!
Image About 60 percent of the population are eligible to donate blood, yet less than 4 percent do!
Image At least 500 pints of blood must be collected every day to meet the needs of area patients.
Image We import more than 20 percent of our blood supply.
Image If donors gave two to four times a year, it would prevent blood shortages.

  • Me ^_^

Image By donating blood we help others and in a way the whole of society. For us, its just 10 mints but for people who need, its their hope…and can save their life..
Image Its FREE, so we don’t have to worry for any fee/charges to apply for donating Blood.
Image We as a women can give blood three times a year.. whereas Men can give four times a year. 3-4 is just a small number, try to achieve it 🙂
Image One donation can help lives of upto three People

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ImageTypes of Blood donation

  • Whole Blood Donation

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: This is the most common type of donation which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’ is given.
: This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour, though the actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes.
: You are eligible to donate ‘whole blood’ every 56 days.

  • Platelet Apheresis

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: During this type of donation, an apheresis machine collects the platelets and some plasma and returns the red cells and most of the plasma back to the donor.
: Platelets are a vital element of cancer and organ transplant treatments, as well as many surgical procedures as they help prevent massive blood loss.
: A single donation of platelets collected by apheresis can constitute one or several transfusable units, while it takes about four to six whole blood donations to constitute a single transfusable unit of platelets.
: The donation takes approximately one and-a-half to two and-a-half hours.

  • Plasma Apheresis

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: Plasma is collected simultaneously with a platelet donation.
: During a plasma apheresis donation, the blood is collected by a machine, which separates the plasma, red cells and platelets and returns the red cells and/or platelets back to the donor.
: While donors with Type AB blood can only give red cells to other Type AB recipients, they are the universal plasma donors. The ‘right type’ donation for AB donors may be an apheresis donation of plasma or plasma and platelets.
: The donation takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Double Red Cells

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: Double red cell donation is done with the help of an apheresis machine which collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.
: red cells are the most transfused blood component, and certain blood types are often in short supply.
: Double red cell donations from Type O donors and donors with Rh-negative blood types play a very important role in maintaining blood supply levels.
: Donors need to meet slightly higher hemoglobin and body height/weight requirements in order to be able to give a double red cell donation.
: Double red cell donations take approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and allow you to give two units of red cells.

ImageImage First time Donor ?

Image Before you donate blood, you should have HB level.
Image Each donor receives a brief examination for :
temperature
pulse
blood pressure
blood count (HB) are measured
Other Questions ?
Image All equipment is sterile; needles are used only once and then discarded.
Image Drink plenty of water or fruit juice the night and morning before you donate.
Image Eat three hours prior to the donation.
Image Afraid of Needle..? : Take a deep breath before the needle goes in, or pinch yourself to create a distraction.
Image Expect to be asked to rest sitting down for 10 to 20 minutes after giving blood.
Image Have a snack after the donation.
Image Avoid driving if you feel the least bit faint.
Image Eat a meal high in protein after your donation
Image Refrain from drinking alcohol for at least 8 hours after giving blood.
Image Excuse yourself from heavy lifting for the rest of the day.


Sign up for another time. 🙂 🙂

It feels nice to help someone, when they need the most.. We might not know them.. But this way , we are connected to them.

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Information Credits to :
http://www.redcrossblood.org
http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-to-Donate-Blood
http://www.who.int/features/qa/61/en/
http://www.bloodcenters.org/docs/reasons.pdf
http://www.donateblood.com.au/faq/why-donate-blood/why-should-i-give-bloodhttp://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/types-donations

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