June 13, 2016
Gift of Blood, Gift of Life
GIFT OF BLOOD, GIFT OF LIFE
Every year our nation requires about 5 crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 80 lakh unit of blood is available.
The gift of blood is gift of life.
The donor is also examined and asked specific questions about their medical history to make sure that donating blood is not hazardous to their health. The donor’s hematocrit or hemoglobin level is tested to make sure that the loss of blood will not make them anemic. Pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature are also evaluated.
Group O is often cited as “Universal donor”.
Blood centers typically provide light refreshments, such as orange juice and cookies, or a lunch allowance to help the donor recover. The needle site is covered with a bandage and the donor is directed to keep the bandage on for several hours. In hot climates, donors are advised to avoid dehydration (strenuous exercise and games, alcohol) until a few hours after donation.
Donated plasma is replaced after 2–3 days.
In patients prone to excessive iron, blood donation prevents the accumulation of toxic quantities. Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease .
Repeated blood donation is effective in reducing blood pressure, blood glucose.
Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from generous donors.
So, let’s come together, roll up our sleeves and save a life- including ours on this WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY.