Everyone wants to become a hero in his life just like a star. Believe me, a small needle prick and a small part of your time can make you a superhero. Donating blood can look scary but it can save three human lives each time you donate blood. Due to less knowledge, maximum people have a misconception that donating blood can be harmful to them. For those people, there is good news, the donating blood is not only beneficial for those, who are receiving it and even it is also beneficial for them who donate it. It’s an awesome work that can make you feel like a superhero. Blood donation rules differ slightly from country to country.
If you are thinking to donate blood for saving someone’s life then some questions may come in your mind like how you can donate blood? What condition is required for it? Am I eligible for it or not? So, with the help of this blog/article, we are trying to answer you all of your questions. There are some basic things that everyone needs to consider and keep in mind before donating blood.
Basic health requirements:
You should know your basic health requirement before donating blood.
1. You should be healthy and fit by going through the medical test.
2. You must be at least 18 years old to donate blood.
3. You are eligible for donating blood up until you become senior citizen and are fit.
4. Your weight should be over 50 kilograms.
5. You must have hemoglobin (HB level) above 12.5 g/dL.
Persons who are eligible to donate:
Apart from above guidelines, here are some eligibility criteria to donate blood.
1. Highly chronic illness such as if you are diabetic and/or have high blood pressure/low blood pressure are acceptable as long as you are OK, and the conditions are under control. And also you meet all other eligibility requirements.
2. The donors who are undergoing acupuncture treatment are acceptable.
3. If you have a cold or cough or asthmatic. Still you can donate blood as long as you are OK. And are under control.
4. Women using oral contraceptives and/or using other forms of contraceptive are acceptable to donate blood.
Persons who cannot donate:
1. A donor who has an acute infection should not donate.
2. Those who had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cannot donate.
3. Those who have an extremely bleeding problem or taking any “blood thinner” cannot donate.
4. If you have any heart disease and are under treatment then you can’t donate blood.
5. Women who are pregnant should not donate blood. She can donate the blood after one and half month of giving birth.
6. The person, who had tattoos on his body, is not acceptable for 12 months. After 12 months it is acceptable on condition that the tattoo was done by a government-regulated entity using new sterile needles and fresh ink.
7. The persons who have spent long periods of time in countries such as malaria-risk country or where “mad cow disease” are found cannot donate. For malaria suffered person, it may require a long period to donate blood after having a complete treatment.
8. During any health-related treatment or in the condition of taking medications such persons are not acceptable to donate blood.
9. The person who is HIV positive is not acceptable for blood donation.
10. The cancer patient is not acceptable to donate blood. Eligibility for blood donation depends on the type of cancer and treatment history.
How often can one donate blood?
Men can donate blood after 12 weeks and women can donate blood after 16 weeks from the last donation. Blood cannot be manufactured artificially. There are many blood donation benefits. One is the blood-making process in your body is reactivated, you inspire others with your activity, gives oneself emotional self-fulfilment and joy of saving someone’s life. Donated blood is fractionated into components. One unit of blood is converted into fresh frozen plasma, packed cell volume, cryoprecipitate, platelet concentrate, and granulocytes concentrate. It can save 3 people’s life.
Are you ready for donating blood then take a look at donation process?
1. First, you get ready for blood donation by drinking plenty of fluids, eating iron-rich food and wear something comfortable.
2. Fill the registration form and read carefully all information related to donating blood.
3. During the process they may ask for some ID proof to show such as a donor card, driving license or another card.
4. You will have to answer few questions during a confidential and private interview, about your health and places you have travelled.
5. The staff person will check your hemoglobin level, temperature, present blood pressure, and pulse rate, before drawing blood.
6. The staff person will clean an area on your arm and insert a new sterile needle for the blood drawing. Inserting needle is like a quick pinch and is finished in seconds.
7. The blood donation takes about 10 minutes, during which you will be seated/rested comfortably. For few donation types, it can take up to two hours.
8. When required quantity of blood is collected, the donation is complete. The staff person will put a bandage on your hand.
9. After donating blood, you should eat something like light snacks and drink something refreshing. You can leave site after few minutes rest and proceed with your normal day to say activity.
10. Feel good of accomplishment knowing that you have helped and saved someone’s life.
14th June is the World Blood Donor Day. It is one of the eight official global health campaign identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase awareness for the need for safe blood and blood products. Now it is your turn to go and donate blood to save someone’s life to be a superhero.