How to Donate Blood
Hospitals conduct a number of blood transfusions daily, owing to surgeries, accidents and crisis. Blood is a vital, naturally restoring reserve found in our body. Now if you’re fit, you should seek the best way to donate some of your blood. Following account explains it:
- Phone book
- Internet access
- Good medical history
- Prior to thinking of blood donation, make sure you are fit for that. Many organizations want their donor’s age between 16 to 65, weighing minimum 110 pounds. Minors, including 16 to 17 years old, need parental willingness. The donor’s BP must be between 90 to 160 mmHg (Systolic) and 60 to 100 (diastolic).
- Search a blood services organization in your domain. Get help from the phone book or the Internet to trace reliable ones. Visiting a hospital is the best idea. A number of hospitals have blood banks at their credit, but some may have independent blood service groups to seek blood donations.
- Beside this you can find it at standing blood service centers or local blood drives. Hold an appointment on a free day at a relatively convenient time.
- Visit the drive, organization or hospital in accordance with your appointment. Reaching their sometime early would be a good idea for the attendants will conduct an immediate physical examination on you, recording your blood pressure, iron concentration and temperature. You may have to respond to queries on your lifestyle, health and medication record.
- The staff there will lead you to the donation chair. Keep calm! The technician will require one of your arms for pricking the injecting needle. Your sitting posture is determined by the hand you give for injection. Keep relax while the needle is being injected. Possibly ask for a bottle of fresh water and some study material to divert your attention.
- The quantity of blood taken from you is proportional to your blood pressure and weight. The process is also not very cumbersome. 350cc to 450cc of blood will just take more or less than ten minutes.
- Having donated the attendant will lead you to “recovery area”, where you take rest, take water, feast on juices or light snacks such as crackers or cookies. You may remain there for about 10 minutes or more, so that the staff may observe you if you needed any more attention or you have gone lightheaded. Sometimes, they may prompt you to fill in a survey form to endorse your reflections on the experience.
- You may desire to schedule next appointment for donation that the concerned practitioner there will intimate you when to.
Some useful tips!
- If you’re donating for the first time, opt for the ‘whole blood donation’. This will let you notice the exhibition of your physical behavior after donation.
- Low-fact intake, nutritious diet some four hours before the donation is advisable to maintain your energy levels.
- Eat food rich in iron some days before donation, to boost your iron levels or to avoid a disqualification from blood donation.
- Avoid tobacco intake after donation so is with alcoholic beverages a day before and after.
- Finally, show morality and don’t give blood just for money’s sake but to save life.
Do help the sick community around by donating your precious blood. This trivial endeavor on your part may save another person’s precious life that treasures can’t rival!
Filed Under: General Health