New Delhi, June 14: Have you ever donated blood and thought of where exactly does your precious blood goes? Well, the donated blood that the hospitals or blood campaigns receive does not only go to the patients lying on the hospital beds. Most of us ignore the very fact that disasters happen any time without any call and victims at the need of the hour seek for blood. You blood goes to the people who are the sufferers of any natural calamity or a terrorist attack. Every pint of your blood can save 3 lives. By donating blood you save someone and give them their life back. In a way, you are God to them. On this World Blood Donor Day, it’s important for all of us to acknowledge and come together for this greater cause. Join the blood donation movement because India receives an acute shortfall of blood for more than 2.5 million pints.
According to the World Health Organisation, voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients. Only 62 countries get close to 100 percent of their national blood supplies from voluntary, unpaid blood donations, with 34 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors for more than 75 percent of their blood supply. Voluntary blood donation is important during the transplant of the surgeries like kidney and liver during the operative procedures.
If you haven’t donated blood before, these are the few things that you should know:
1. Donating blood is utterly safe: If you are scared to donate blood, check the needles. Mostly the needles that the doctors use are sterile and they dispose it immediately after the blood is taken. Also, there is no dizziness or weakness felt after you donate blood. If you feel lethargic or a vertigo after donating then make sure that you eat something nutritional the next time before donating blood.
2. You can donate specific components of blood as well: 4 components in blood are red blood cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Specific patients need specific components in blood. It depends on you if you just want to donate the RBCs or platelets because a lot of people face lack of platelets and RBCs in their blood.
3. Blood donation rules: You have to be under the age-group of 18-60 and weigh 50kgs. You must also test for any communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, asthma, rabies, tuberculosis or cancer. People who carry such diseases can’t donate blood for obvious reasons. Also, people who are anaemic can’t donate blood. One must have a minimum haemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dL. Furthermore, you should also have balanced heart rate (Between 50-100 without any irregularities).
4. Also, you can’t donate blood within 56 days of your earlier donation activity. A minimum of 8 weeks requires for a person to build exact amount of red blood cells. If you are specifically donating RBCs then you must wait 16 weeks ideally to donate again.
So, donate blood today because may be someday even your loved ones would need blood.