Dos and don’ts to keep in mind while donating blood!
National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is observed on 1st October of each year throughout the country. The main objectives of observing this day are:-
• To increase awareness about the importance of voluntary blood donation.
• To achieve 100% Voluntary Blood Donation
• To be able to give the safest blood to the needy patients.
• To have enough blood stock in our blood banks.
• To thank and reinforce the self-esteem of voluntarily donors.
• To inspire the non-donors who are in good health so that they start donating blood.
Why Donating Blood Is Good For Your Health
Did you know that there are health benefits of donating blood?
Have you heard that donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity?
Here are some health benefits of donating blood:
• The Joy of Saving Human Lives: It is such a wonderful feeling being able to help doctors save human lives. So, be a hero by donating blood and enjoy the joy of saving human lives.
• Free Health Check-up: You can donate blood only if you are fit enough to do so. A series of health check-ups are performed on the donor for free before every blood donation process. This will be of great benefit to you.
• Preserves cardiovascular health: You can keep a check on the levels of iron in your body by donating blood regularly. This has shown to reduce heart disease. Blood donation reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, too.
• Reduces the Risk of Cancer: Blood donation may also help in lowering the risk of cancer. You can maintain the iron stores in the body at healthy levels by donating blood. And the reduction in iron levels in the body is linked with low cancer risk.
• Weight loss: Regular blood donation reduces the weight of the donors. One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal. This can help you in blood loss.
• New blood cells: The body works to replenish the blood loss after blood donation. This stimulates the production of new blood cells and in turn helps in maintaining good health.
Can you donate blood?
As a donor, it is your responsibility to ensure the quality of blood you’re donating.
• You can give blood only if you weigh 110 pounds or above 50 kg.
• You must be above 18 years of age.
• You become ready to go for another blood donation after 56 days of blood donation.
• You are not eligible to donate blood if you are not physically fit or healthy.
• If you are infected with jaundice, typhoid or any chronic disease then your blood is not safe for donation.
• You should not have high blood pressure.
• You should not be pregnant or menstruating.
• You should not be underweight.
• You should not be suffering from any infectious (such as a cold or flu) or chronic diseases (such as diabetes).
• You should not have taken any intoxicating drugs, orally or otherwise, within 48 hours prior to donating blood.
Preparing for the blood donation
Make sure you adhere to the following do’s while donating blood:
• Check the authenticity of the blood bank/center and then before making an appointment.
• Make sure to pass the eligibility test for blood donation.
• Take a balanced diet before donating blood. Drink ample amount of water just before you donate blood.
• Check the hygienic standards of the centers. Don’t risk your hygiene. Check the cleanliness of vials and syringes being used, which should be new and not reused.
• The signs of anxiety like fainting and dizziness are normal before the donation. Don’t panic too much. Stay calm.
• Don’t donate the blood if the doctors are not wearing gloves.
• Don’t donate the blood if Syringes are being reused and are unclean.
After the blood donation
• Eat well – Eat food items rich in iron content and Vitamin C to boost the replenishment process of blood in the body.
• Drink lots of fluids- This is essential for the quick nourishment of blood supply in the body. Drink fit juices and glucose–rich beverages to make sure that your body remains hydrated after you donate blood. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine.
• Relax- Sleep well after donating blood.
• Don’t eat any snack after donation. It will slow down the metabolism of the body.
• Don’t try to do strenuous exercises just after the donation because it leads to physical exertion and the human body is not capable of any physical stress after the donation.
• Avoid smoking and alcohol after blood donation.
• Avoid intense physical exertion after blood donation.