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January is National Blood Donation Month. Every month there are many blood donors in blood donation centre. There are many various reasons that people are donating blood. Many donate it for their family members, while some donate it for a good cause. However, with coronavirus spreading this year contagiously, there are fewer chances of people donating blood this year.
Everybody appreciates the extraordinary sentiment of helping spare lives!
As a blood donor, we know you’re anxious to give blood. But there are many centres whose blood donation requirement keeps changing. As you all know, blood has a very limited shelf life so it is not possible to collect blood every day and store it. The centres will ask for it only when they in need of any specific blood group (which is found rarely).
Can I donate blood?
This is a very certain question to ask yourself and your doctor prior to blood donating. Here are some points that will guide you for some general blood donation scenes. This will let you know whether you are the right candidate for blood donation or not:
- To be certain that it’s safe for you to give — and for others to get — your blood, you’ll initially be gotten some information about your clinical history and way of life.
- All data is carefully classified.
- The centre will check for your iron levels, and your temperature, pulse, and different vitals will be taken. You’ll likewise be approached to audit some instructive material.
- Giving for the most part takes 45 minutes to 60 minutes; giving platelets takes around 2 hours. However, your real time spent giving is just around 10 minutes — and during the most recent 15 minutes.
- The procedure is sheltered, sterile, and includes next to zero inconvenience.
Blood donation rules –
Before you can give blood, you will be approached to round out a classified clinical history that incorporates direct inquiries regarding practices known to convey a higher danger of blood borne diseases — contaminations that are transmitted through the blood. The entirety of the data from this assessment is kept carefully classified.
In view of the danger of blood borne contaminations, not every person can give blood. The accompanying high-hazard bunches are not qualified to give blood:
- Any individual who has ever utilized infusion drugs not endorsed by a specialist, for example, illicit infusion medications or steroids not recommended by a specialist, are not allowed to donate blood.
- Any individual who has some health issues or serious illness are not liable to donate blood.
- Anybody with a positive test for HIV is not at all allowed to donate blood.
- Any individual who, in the previous a year, has had close contact with — lived with or had sexual contact with — an individual who has viral hepatitis is not allowed to give blood.
- Person suffering from hepatitis C are not allowed to donate blood.
- If any patient has already donated blood more than three times in any particular year, is only allowed to donate blood when his/her doctor prescribes him/her to be healthy.
- If you are an alcoholic, the doctor will not advise you to donate blood.
- The blood donor must be in good health. Seasonal illness like various flus and fever makes the donor vulnerable. Though with proper medications, you can donate blood – but this should only be done once prescribed and advised by your doctor.
- You should be atleast 17 years of age to donate blood.
- If you have already received blood transfusion, and you are donating blood, then your medical history will be checked thoroughly.
What precautions should be taken prior to your blood donation?
As advised by all doctors and practitioners, there are some important guidelines to be followed before you go and donate blood. They are as follows:
- Get a lot of rest the prior night you intend to donate.
- Eat healthy breakfast or meal before you donate blood. You should not donate blood empty stomach.
- Avoid junk food like burgers, french fries or frozen yogurt before giving blood. Tests for diseases done on completely gave blood can be influenced by fats that show up in your blood for a few hours in the wake of eating junk food.
- Drink plenty of juice and water before and after blood donation.
- If in case you are a blood platelet giver, you should not take ibuprofen for two days before giving. Else, you can accept your typical meds as recommended.
These are some necessary steps that should be taken and kept in mind prior to blood donation. And if you are a first time donor, then it is very important for you to follow these steps to avoid any medical complications.