11 March 2019

Donate Blood save a life

You might not realize it, but by donating blood, you’re essentially giving the gift of life to someone in need in your community. Blood donations are constantly needed to ensure that there’s an ample fresh supply on hand to provide for those who need blood transfusions because of illness or injury.
Imagine if you or one of family members needed blood in an emergency and it just wasn’t available? Taking an hour out of your busy schedule to donate at our upcoming blood drive can protect our community’s blood supply and help save the life of someone in our community.

Blood transfusions can save the lives of:
  • Women who suffer complications during childbirth
  • People who suffer traumatic injuries from being in a car accident
  • Shooting or stabbing victims
  • Victims of natural disasters, including earthquakes
  • Surgery patients
  • Patients with hemophilia, sickle cell disease or cancer
Blood cannot be created; it needs to be donated. The number of voluntary blood donors in India is increased from 54.4% in 2006-2007 to 83.1% in 2011-2012, with the number of blood units increasing from 4.4 million units in 2006-2007 to 9.3 million units in 2012-2013.

Why should we donate blood?

Because Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific condition.

Benefits of blood donation -

Help get rid of negative feelings

• Reduce stress

• Improve your emotional well-being

• Beneficial for your health.

Donating Blood by Compatible Type -

Blood types are very important when a blood transfusion is necessary. In a blood transfusion, a patient must receive a blood type compatible with his or her own blood type. If the blood types are not compatible, red blood cells will clump together, making clots that can block blood vessels and cause death.
If two different blood types are mixed together, the blood cells may begin to clump together in the blood vessels, causing a potentially fatal situation. Therefore, it is important that blood types be matched before blood transfusions take place. In an emergency, type O blood can be given because it is most likely to be accepted by all blood types. However, there is still a risk involved.

Compatible Blood Type Donors
Blood Type Donate Blood To Receive Blood From
A+ A+ AB+ A+ A- O+ O-
O+ O+ A+ B+ AB+ O+ O-
B+ B+ AB+ B+ B- O+ O-
AB+ AB+ Everyone
A- A+ A- AB+ AB- A- O-
O- Everyone O-
B- B+ B- AB+ AB- B- O-
AB- AB+ AB- AB- A- B- O-

Tips for a successful donation -

  • In the days before your donation, eat healthy, iron-rich foods such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins. This will help maintain a healthy iron level. The number one reason for deferrals is anemia
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • At least 3 hours before donating, eat a balanced meal and avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries, or ice cream
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation; you can be deferred for dehydration
  • Don’t forget to bring a valid government-issued photo ID, a list of medications you are taking.

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

October 1 is celebrated as the national voluntary blood donation day. Blood donation agencies often organize workshops to educate people about the benefits of donating blood. With a huge population of youth, blood donation camps are regularly organized by hospitals and organizations at college campuses. Blood donors and their family members are often given priority in case of emergency or accidents. 
In 2016, the government launched an initiative called E-RaktKosh, a web-based mechanism that integrates all blood banks in the state into a single network, providing information about blood camps and the availability of blood in hospitals throughout the country.

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