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Important Facts You Should Know About Blood

Blood and its components
Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, about 60% of population is eligible to donate blood but only about 4% of the population donates. Donating blood serves as a lifeline for the receivers and the donors. Blood Cells Are Produced In Bone Marrow. Red cells, white cells and platelets are made in the marrow of bones, especially the vertebrae, ribs, hips, skull and sternum
Plasma Carries Blood Cells

Plasma is a pale yellow mixture of water, proteins and salts. One of the functions of plasma is to act as a carrier for blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones.

Red Cells Deliver Oxygen

Red cells are disc-shaped cells containing hemoglobin, which enables the cells to pick up and deliver oxygen to all parts of the body.

White Cells Defend the Body

White cells are the body's primary defense against infection. They can move out of the blood stream and reach tissues being invaded.

Platelets Help Control Bleeding

Platelets are small cells in the blood that control bleeding. They form clusters to plug small holes in blood vessels and assist in the clotting process.

  • It isn’t everyday you can do something to save someone’s life but that is exactly what you do everytime you donate blood. Blood is a priceless gift – A life saver.
  • If you began to donate Blood at the age of 18 and donate it at every 12 weeks approximately 3 months (Male) and 16 weeks approximately 4 months (Female) until you reached 60, you would have donated atleast more than 30 gallons of Blood, potentially helping to save around 600 lives.
  • " Better late than never" If you have never donated blood earlier just start and take a step, your small step can make a big difference.
  • Reduces the risk of cardio-vascular disease and cancer risks.
  • Enhances production of new blood cells.
  • Free health screening done by the doctor.
  • 1 pint of blood burns around 650 calories.
  • Lowers the iron content and maintains the cholesterol level.
  • 1 pint of blood can save 3 lifes.
  • The age of the donors should be between 18 to 60 for both (Male and Female).
  • The donor should weigh above 45 kilograms (kgs).
  • Hemoglobin content should be more than 12.5 grams.
  • Male donors can donate blood regularly at an interval of 3 months and female donors can donate blood regularly at an interval of 4months.
  • Maximum of 350 milliliters (ml) of blood can be donated each time.

Cold/fever in the past 1 week.

Under treatment with antibiotics or any other medication.

Cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy), history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, venereal disease etc.

Major surgery in the last six months.

Vaccination in the last 24 hours.

Had a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant/ lactating in the last one year.

Have regularly received treatment with blood products.

Shared a needle to inject drugs/have history of drug addiction.

Been tested positive for antibodies to HIV.

No it won’t weaken you and the body will replace the blood volume donated within 48 hours.

There is virtually no danger since: Only healthy persons are encouraged to donate blood. Only sterile needles are used to collect blood to prevent transmission of diseases in the process of donating blood. Blood donation takes only a few minutes. The donor is made to rest and given refreshment after the donation.

  • Drink plenty of water or fruit juice.
  • Eat 3 hours prior to the donation.
  • Make sure that your not suffering from any disease.
  • Do not consume alcohol atleast within 48 hours of giving blood, because it dilates blood vessels.
  • Should not have under gone any major surgery within 3 months.
  • Should not have had any immunization atleast 1 month before.
  • Have a meal, which is high in protein.
  • Rest for a minimum of 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Have a meal which is high in protein.
  • Avoid driving if you feel the least bit faint.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking atleast 24 hours after donating as it causes dizziness.
  • Excuse yourself from heavy lifting for rest of the day.
  • If you feel uneasy any point after donating blood, please contact the concerned doctor.
  • Rushing about or vigorous exercise cannot cause dizziness.

  • Before intake of any blood, please make sure that the donor’s blood is clinically tested. Red drop do not stand responsible for any consequences later.
  • The donors information will be kept confidential and only shared with the needy.