Donating Blood- Remember these facts

Blood is a major source to perform a variety of functions in the body. It consists of WBCs, RBCs, platelets, hemoglobin and many other components. On an average a human being consists of 5-6 litres of blood. Each and every component that forms blood is accountable for any disease occurring in the body.

Like for instance – we all know that now-a-days dengue has been spreading widely in various parts of India resulting in loss of platelet count in the blood. To treat this imbalance of platelets we generally need a blood transfusion to serve the purpose and maintain the platelet count in the body.

Eligibility of being a donor-

Blood donation has been taking place in all over the world to serve the society in times of need. A person has to be eligible to donate blood that includes-

  1. Donor should at least be of 15-17 years old
  2. Donor should be healthy enough to donated blood
  3. The donor’s weight should be considered. Donor should at least be of 50-55 kg.
  4. Donor should pass the physical and past history illness assessment and treatment

What goes in the Blood Banks-

There are multiple blood banks in almost every city that reserve blood that can be used at the time of emergency. There is an inventory for every blood group to serve people. For taking blood from the donor body the area is firstly sanitized and a sterile needle is used to collect blood and store it. Blood can be stored directly or can be separated into its component like plasma and platelets to be used. You can donate 350 ml of blood every 3 months on an average.

Viability of the components of blood-

Blood can be stored viable for 35-42 days by mixing glycerol and deep freezing it. Talking about platelets, it remain viable to maximum 7 days but cannot be stored easily whereas plasma can be stored for about a year to be used. Hence, in cases of dengue where platelet transfusion is to be need a fresh donor is generally required.

Things to look into before donation-

Almost anyone above the age of 16 years can donate blood provided the donor is healthy and fit with adequate haemoglobin. Blood can be donated to any hospital or camps.

After donation, the donor has to take a good sugar diet to maintain normal levels of blood and take proper rest to stay healthy. A donor has to be free from any sort of infections, fever, anaemia, HIV, hypertension etc. After recovering from the underlying illness a person can donate blood after almost 1-2 weeks.

Platelet donation is advised for all blood types except type O negative and type B negative. These two blood groups can make an impact by continuing to donate whole blood.

The type AB+ is the universal plasma donor and can lay emphasis on donating plasma because in a single plasma donation up to three times of plasma can be collected as compared to a single blood or platelet donation session thus making a higher impact.

The blood types A+, A- and AB- are free to give platelets to almost everyone and are recommended to donate platelets whenever a need arises.

We at Fyndhere always look forward to help those in need of blood through our network of donors because every life counts. In the times of crisis, with just a few clicks on the mobile application, you can find a donor nearest to your location in a much lesser time.

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