Blood is one of those precious elements of our body that cannot be made outside the body. There is no substitute for blood except a generous blood donor.
Donating blood is completely a safe and healthy activity which adds a ray of hope to the resolve of all the patients fighting chronic diseases.
Who Can Donate Blood?
Before you donate blood to someone, there is a medical criteria that needs to be fulfilled by the person willing to donate.
- The Age of a donor should be between 18 – 60 years.
- The Minimum weight of the donor must be 50 kg.
- Hemoglobin level must be more than 12g/dl.
- HIV/Hepatitis test of the donor must be negative.
- The Blood pressure of a donor must be stable.
Before you come to donate blood, make sure you have eaten a healthy meal and you are well-hydrated while after you donate eat a light snack and avoid lifting heavy objects or exerting too much energy for the rest of the day.
Steps of Blood Donation
Donating blood is a simple process but it’s important to make sure you meet the general donor requirements described above.
Step No. 1
During pre-donation screening, you will be asked some general questions which include your name, age, phone number, address.
Step No. 2
Lab technologist will check your vitals by examining your pulse, blood pressure, and temperature.
Step No. 3
The Last step of pre-donation screening is measuring the hemoglobin level by taking a drop of blood from your finger to ensure that your blood iron level is sufficient for you to donate.
Step No. 4
Once the pre-donation screening is finished, you will lie down on a donor bed where your arm will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a lab technologist will use a blood donation kit to draw blood from a vein in your arm.
Eat Healthy & Stay Well Hydrated
A week before your blood donation, make sure you are taking a sufficient amount of iron in your diet like spinach, broccoli, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and a variety of grains.
The whole process of blood donation usually takes up to 15 min, spare your precious time and donate your blood for a reason, let the reason to be life.
“There is no substitute of blood it only comes from generous donors”