Need for Blood: In India, we need 1.3 crore blood donations every year, of which 75% of the requirement is met. If 2% of its population donate regularly the blood units requirements can be fulfilled. The percentage of people who donate blood in India is less than 0.8% of population. Every second someone somewhere needs blood for transfusion.
Non-availability of blood components for transfusion can lead to death. It is purely by the act of voluntary blood donation that this requirement can be met.
Who can Donate Blood?
Few general criteria that are required to be met for blood donation are:
• Should be above 18 years of age
• An individual should be apparently in good health on the day of donation
• Should weigh more than 45 kilograms and have Hemoglobin level more than 12.5gms/dl.
• Should have a good amount of sleep / rest the previous night / day
• Should have had good food in the last 4 hours
• Should be free from infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Malaria and any other infectious or non-infectious illness
• Should have time for adequate rest post donation alteast 4 hours
Ask for Doctor’s Opinion to Donate: When you are an individual
• Taking anti-hypertensive medication, anti-diabetic medication, insulin or cholesterol lowering medication.
• Taking any other medication for another purpose.
Donor and Recipient Safety (Our Utmost Priority)
We take the responsibility of placing blood donors health high in the process of blood donation, when we believe that blood donation has even has the slightest chance to compromise your health or your activities for the day, we advise what is good for you.
We take the responsibility using our medical expertise and judgement to accept or defer donation by a donor in concern for the donor or patient safety.
What happens to your Donated Blood?
Blood donation, though an easiest donation is highly valuable. The blood you donate is tested for infections like HIV, Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Malaria and Syphilis to ensure that the recipient does not acquire this infection through donated blood. If any of the infectious agents mentioned above if present in the donated blood then such a blood unit is discarded and the blood donor is intimated with full confidentiality. All units that are found negative for infectious agent will be processed to separate them in to Blood components, concentrated red blood cells, Platelets and Plasma that has the potential to meet three different needs.
Benefits of Blood Donations
Blood Donation has been purported to have many benefits on blood donor’s health.
• Blood donation keeps maintaining your haemoglobin at a moderate level that is good for your heart.
• Removing this surplus iron through blood donation is beneficial to your overall health.
• Blood donation subjects you to a limited medical examination. It serves as an opportunity for your health screening at regular intervals.
Why you should keep donating?
There is a continuous need of blood for patients with varied ailments. Blood contains live cells that are donated to save lives of fellow humans. Human blood is not manufactured or cultured, it is only shared between individuals in an effort to save humanity and spread humanity.
Appeal for Blood Donation!
We are calling on people of all blood types in and around Chennai who can donate immediately as the demand is increasing everyday for Adult and Pediatric Cancer Patients.
Donating Blood is Safe, Simple and it Saves Lives.