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July 18, 2008

Blood Donation

To day i have donated blood for the third time in last two years. I feel so happy about it.Thought that will share some facts and myths about blood donation which you might have.

Scared about giving blood?
What if everyone was scared and YOU needed blood?
Take a few minutes of your time to help our community; don’t take the chance of being too late!

You can be a special person to someone you will probably never meet.
When you give blood, you are helping someone who is ill or injured. When you donate blood, you won’t get any diseases,
because it is perfectly safe to give, but you will get a good feeling about what you’re doing.

Who may donate blood?

Anyone in general good health, age 18-60, weighing not less than 45Kilograms can donate blood.

What is the process of Blood donation?

You will be checked medically (Blood pressure, pulse rate) by a Doctor for fitness and asked few questions about your health.Go to the donation area, where the trained hospital staff will clean your arm with an antiseptic and your blood is collected using only new, sterile, disposable supplies.Before you know it, you would have given a gift of life to someone.

Some truths about blood donation

Donation does not make any adverse effect on body.
The blood donated replenished within 2 to 3 weeks.
Blood can be donate at the interval of 3 months
Blood donation gives a proud feeling of touching someone's life in a wonderful way.
We also benefit in other ways by donating blood. With fresh blood formation we become more active and disease resistant.
Blood donation reduces the chances of ischemic heart diseases (beginning of heart problems) as frequent donations reduce the unwanted iron load from our body.

Donation Do’s and Don’ts
Before you donate:
DO get a good sleep.
DO drink plenty of fluids.
DO eat a good meal before you donate.
DO eat iron rich foods the week before you donate.
DON'T skip breakfast.
DON'T drink caffeine two hours prior to donating; it can increase your pulse rate.

After you donate:
DO drink plenty of fluids.
DO leave your bandage on for four to six hours.
DON'T skip meals.
DON'T drink any alcoholic beverages for five hours.
DON'T smoke for one hour.

More information about Blood Donation on Wikipedia
List of Blood Donation Agencies on Wikipedia
Some more inforation about Blood Donation

Blood Donation In India:

Indian Blood Bank

Friends to Support Organization

It would be great if users can provide some more links about blood donation/ blood banks if possible.

Some Addition Info: Some more Myths and Facts about blood donation

Myth #1: You can get a blood-borne disease by donating blood.
Fact #1: All materials used to colled blood are new. They have been sterilized by the manufacturer and have never been used before.

Myth #2: I only need to donate once per year.
Fact #2: You can donate every 90 days. It is important to do so because, platelets only have a shelf life of 5 days and red cells have a shelf life of 42 days.

Myth #3: My blood type is so common, that I don't need to donate.
Fact #3: NOT TRUE. Some blood types are more common than others, but the rarest type of blood is the type that is not available when needed. Regular donations are needed throughout the year for all blood types.

What happens to the blood I lose? Will I get it back?
Blood usually recuperates within 48 hours after blood donation. Usually not more than 350 ml of blood is collected in one donation. This is roughly <7% of the total blood volume in an average healthy person, who has approximately 5 litres of blood.

Will I become weak and anaemic after donating blood?
Donating blood is unlikely to make a person weak or anaemic. If the person is already anaemic, then the person will not be allowed to donate blood.

Will I feel giddy after donation?
Unlikely. The feeling of giddiness is more psychological than physiological. There is no need to be anxious about blood donation. It is safe, easy and painless.

-Donate Blood Live Long and Save Life

3 Comments By Users:

Anonymous said...

Blood Donation is the biggest donation in the world. As we all know, tragedy occurs every other day and we hear about blood shortages. We cannot let people die short of blood. Our blood can give life to someone, someday. Hence, it is our duty as an Indian to stand up to the situation. Netinfobase has thus started an effort where you can register yourself as an Blood Donor and be helpful to our nation in the testing times.

To register yourself as a Blood Donor, Visit

Anonymous said...

Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

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