Must-known Facts about Blood and Blood Donation

Must-known Facts about Blood and Blood Donation

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General Facts:

1. About 350 ml of blood is taken out during blood donation.
2. On average, a healthy person has 5-6 litres of blood in the body.
3. The blood volume loss is corrected in 24-48 hours by the body.
4. Your health does not get affected by blood donation. In fact, blood donation stimulates bone marrow to produce new blood cells.
5. You should have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
6. You can smoke 3 hours after donation (although it’s not advised for obvious health reasons).
7. You cannot donate blood if you consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
8. You won’t feel uncomfortable or faint after donating blood. It is a common misconception.
9. Blood donation will not cause any shortage of blood in your body and it won’t bring down blood pressure drastically.

People Temporarily Unfit for Donation:

Malaria: Unfit for one year after full treatment.

Jaundice: Unfit for one year after full recovery.

Typhoid: Unfit for one year after full treatment and recovery.

Surgery: Unfit for one year after any major operation.

Transfusion of blood or its components: Unfit for one year post transfusion.

Immunizations: Unfit for three weeks after vaccinations.

Pregnancy: Not allowed for one year post childbirth.

Cough, cold, fever: Discuss with medical officer who will decide the period of deferral.

Drug ingestion: If on any medications, please inform the medical professional.

Take care of these after donating blood:

• Have a light refreshment and rest for 10-15 mins.

• If you are a smoker, do not smoke for at least an hour.

• Avoid strenuous exercise and exertion for 24 hours.

• Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours.

• Drink plenty of fluids.

You can never donate blood in some cases:

No person should be allowed to donate blood and no blood bank shall draw blood from a person, suffering from any of the diseases mentioned below.

• Diabetes

• Severe allergic diseases

• Hypertension

• Myocardial infarction

• Venereal (Sexually Transmitted) Diseases

• Malignancy

• Active Tuberculosis

• Renal diseases

• Epilepsy

• Two or more vasovagal (fainting) attacks after blood donation.

• Cancer

• Known carriers of Hepatitis B virus

• Heart disease

• Tendency to bleed abnormally

• Unexplained weight loss

• Liver disease

• Chronic nephritis

• Tuberculosis

• Polycythemia Vera

• Severe Asthma

• Leprosy

• Schizophrenia

• Endocrine disorders

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