All over the world, blood donations are really vital insomuch as it can rescue a person’s life from sure death. It is an honorable act to go give something you have plenty of to those who have so little. One simple gesture can save a life. But before heading to the nearest blood bank and start giving a little of your blood, be sure to be very informed about the ABCs of blood donation.
Blood donors are always and will always be in demand. Many diseases and accidents may require blood transfusion for the patients and victims. In America, it is required that the donor be at least of seventeen years of age and with a body weight not less than one hundred ten pounds (110 lbs.). Some countries approve of sixteen-year-old donors as long as they present their parent’s consent. Aside from age and weight requirements, it is also a must for donors to be free of any medical problem especially regarding blood like anemia. A healthy person is fit and suitable to donate blood every 56 days.
Before they store and make use of your blood, the staff of the blood bank would ask a series of questions regarding your medical history and past illnesses. They should make sure that the blood you would donate would not pose greater health risks for the receivers of the blood transfusion. They should be ascertained that your blood is free of any infection or virus. They will probably ask about your recent travel activities, medicines and supplements you take, and your medical condition. The blood you donate would also be tested especially for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS, a highly fatal disease with no cure discovered up to this day. They would also be checking for the presence of hepatitis, syphilis, and West Nile virus. Blood would also be tested for the presence of bacteria. If presence of any of these is detected, the blood is then immediately destroyed to avoid being transmitted to another person.
Before walking into the blood clinic, you must make sure that you eat heavy and healthy meals and drink a lot of fluids especially water.
A person would net get sick for donating blood. However, if unsterile or infected needles and other sort of medical instruments were used and had contact with your blood, you may get infected. The needles and medical instruments must be sterile and used only once then be immediately thrown away. Blood banks must pass inspections by the government before they could continue on with their practices.
Though giving up blood may not lead to any serious sickness, it may cause vomiting, headache, drowsiness or even fainting. But fear not for these symptoms usually go away soon enough. The body replaces the lost liquid part of the blood in a span of seventy two hours or three days. It would then take about four to eight weeks to replenish the lost red blood cells. Iron-rich food and supplement are highly suggested to aid in the replenishing of the red blood cells.
If you have good and healthy blood running through your veins, why not let it save others who are in need? One small deed can lead to great and noble things.