June 30, 2007 12:22am CST
There is tremendous demand for blood in hospitals. Many patients die because they are not able to cope with the loss of blood. Blood you donate is used to: Replace blood lost during injury as in accidents. Replace blood loss during major surgeries Help patients with blood disorders like haemophilia, Von Willebrand’s disease survive. Help burns patients receive plasma, that may be critical for their survival. Raise haemoglobin levels ( through transfusions) in patients with chronic ailments like kidney diseases, cancer and anaemia. Blood donation hardly makes a difference in terms of health to the donor, but it can help save the life of a patient. Who can donate blood? Some basic health conditions have to be met by donors: A donor should : Be above 18 years and below 60 years of age. Have a haemoglobin count that is not less than 12.5 g/dl Weigh not less than 45 kgs Have normal body temperature at the time of donation Have normal BP at the time of donation Should be free of any disease at the time of donation.
30 Jun 07
I go to hospital atleast once in three months and donate blood.Im studying in a medical school and many of my friends do the same.We even puts up notice in our hostels when ever some poor patients needs blood.Our students association conducts mobile blood donation camps during our intercollege sports and cultural events.
• New York, New York
30 Jun 07
Yes I agree blood donations do save many lives and more people should try and donate. Here in the US the criteria is: Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 at New York Blood Center's NY drives with appropriate written parental/guardian's permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. People over 75 can continue to donate blood if they meet all donor criteria and present a physician's letter allowing them to donate. Like you said they must pass the iron test nad have a normal blood pressure and temperature. Donors can donate a pint of blood every 56 days. Good post!