I want to talk to you about the importance of donating blood. Some of you may know a friend or even a family member who has received blood at some time. Have you ever wondered who took the time to donate it…
According to the Journal of American Medical Association, it is noted that just 1 pint of blood can save three lives.
Why You Should Give Blood Giving blood does not just benefit recipients. Regardless of age, donating blood offers many benefits for donors –
• It is a great way to learn your blood type – When you donate your blood is typed for free.
• You get a mini-physical – Each donor has their blood pressure, pulse, hematocrit (anemia screening) and temperature checked.
• Volunteer Work – It is a convenient way to do volunteer work in your community.
• Celebrate your good health – Donate on your birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions with others.
• It’s A Big Morale Booster – This is one of the few things you can do to directly save another person’s life.
• One donation goes a long way – Your single donation may be separated into several blood products to help treat up to 4 different patients:
Red Cells: anemia, kidney dialysis, surgery
Plasma: burn victims, shock, liver disease
Platelets: leukemia, cancer, surgery
Since your blood is separated into the several components, your single donation can potentially save three or more lives.
• A way of losing unwanted weight – D.A. Redelmeier estimated that one unit of blood reflects about 600 calories of food intake and that a single blood donation could offset either 2 hamburgers, 3 donuts or 5 granola bars. That in itself is a reason to donate if you want to get rid of unwanted calories.
Maintaining an adequate blood supply is a challenge-especially when a disaster occurs, which may cause the need for blood to soar. The only way to meet demand is to have regular donations from healthy volunteers.
Who can donate blood
• You must be healthy and be living a healthy life-style.
• Age – between 17-65 years.
• Weight – minimum acceptable weight is 50kg.
• Individual with no history of any viral hepatitis.
• Individual with no history of drug abuse.
• At least eight weeks have elapsed since the last donation.
• All blood banks have their established stringent guidelines that donors must meet.
Becoming a volunteer donor is an important step in assuring a safe community blood supply.
World Blood Donor Day
Millions of people owe their lives to people they will never meet – people who donate their blood freely and without any reward. Voluntary unpaid donors are the foundation of a safe blood supply because they are least likely to transmit potentially life-threatening infections, such as HIV and hepatitis viruses, to the recipients of their blood. It is to these unsung heroes that World Blood Donor Day is dedicated
14 June, a significant day, the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system, has been selected as World Blood Donor Day by three major organizations working for voluntary non-remunerated blood donation: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion, co-sponsored by WHO.
Did you know…
o If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood
o For every 2.8 gallons of blood someone has donated, they have supported the entire nation’s blood needs for 1 minute
o A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body
o An average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body
o About 95% of people living to the age of 72 will need a blood transfusion at some time in their life, yet only 5% of the population donates blood
(This is an informative article which has been published.)
Source: Internet and Medical Practitioners