"I will feel drained and fatigued after donating "-If you continue to drink fluids and eat good food, you will not feel dry or fatigued.
"I can't resume normal activities 0 "-You can resume all your normal activities, although you are asked to refrain from
"I will have low blood" - If you are okayed to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
"I can't take alcohol..." - You can on the next day.
"It will be painful while donating" - No, you will not feel any pain.
"I will feel dizzy and may faint" - You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.
"I may get AIDS!" - No! Make sure disposable syringes are used and all measures are taken to keep you germ free.
"My blood is common. I don't think there will be demand for it" - That is why the demand for your type is greater than for rare types.
How Donated Blood Is Used
Your single donation of 450 ml blood is separated into different components, benefiting as many as three patients.
Blood is made up of different components and, invariably, a patient needs a transfusion of just a particular component. Utilizing whole blood is wasteful, and sometimes even undesirable. It is now the standard practice of all modern blood banks to separate blood into components and ensure the optimum utilization of this precious resource.
Whole blood has cellular components comprising red blood corpuscles, white blood corpuscles, platelets suspended in plasma solution (liquid plasma consisting of water, electrolytes, albumin, globulin, coagulation factors and other proteins). It is needed when both red cells mass and total volume must be restored, as in massive hemorrhage. Red Cells
The majority of donated blood goes to people with cancer, as well as people who have suffered traumatic accidents, burns or who undergo surgery. Plasma
Plasma contains very important proteins, nutrients and clotting factors which help to prevent and stop bleeding. It is required in bleeding patients with coagulation deficiency problems secondary to liver disease, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, Factor V or Factor IX deficiency. Platelets
Platelets are used to help clot the blood and seal wounds in surgical and cancer patients. Leukaemia and chemotherapy treatments can reduce a patient’s platelet count. They are needed in cases of bleeding due to severe thrombocytopenia and prophylactic therapy. Blood has a Short Shelf Life
All blood components have a short shelf life, creating the need for a constant blood supply.
platelets – up to 5 days
red cells – 42 days
plasma – up to one year
There is no SUBSTITUTE FOR BLOOD!
Despite all medical advances, we have found no way of duplicating it except in our own bodies.
Only a HUMAN being can donate and help another human being.
It feels great to donate!
It’s something you can spare most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
You will be someone’s hero in fact, you will help as many as three people with just one donation