With World Blood Donor Day round the corner, if you have decided to donate blood and support this noble cause it may be possible that you might be quite curious to understand about the entire procedure and things to expect when you donate blood. Your level of curiosity would be more especially if you are a first time blood donor. Let us tell you that donating blood is an extremely safe and simple way that can help in making a big difference in someone’s life. However when you know what to expect before, during and after donating blood it can help you stay well prepared for the entire procedure.
Below is the detailed guide that talks about what to expect when you give blood:
Let us start by discussing how blood donation helps those in need.
Are you aware that in India there are requirements of more than 38,000 blood donations every day. Donating blood regularly has many advantages and can help individuals:
- Who have suffered from any disaster or any emergency
- It is also helpful for those who lose their blood during major surgeries such as a bypass surgery
- Those suffering from a gastrointestinal bleed
- Women who suffer severe complications during childbirth
- Blood donation is also helpful for those individuals who suffer from problems such as thalassemia or anemia
Although before you have decided to donate blood, you need to be aware of certain specifications or requirements that can help you stay well prepared.
The first and the foremost thing that you need to do is find a blood bank and make an appointment with them. You need to be sure to ask them about certain specific requirements for blood donors and if any identification documents are required for submission from your end. In case if you suffer from any health related problems or concerns or if you have travelled outside the country recently you need to discuss the same with the concerned person before donating blood.
At least a week before your blood donation appointment we recommend that you consume a good amount of iron in your diet. Some of the good sources of iron are meat, seafood and vegetables such as sweet potato and spinach.
On the day of your appointment make sure that you prepare yourself well by consuming plenty of fluids and water. It is also recommended that you wear comfortable clothes which sleeves can be easily folded above your elbow. Also ensure to submit a list of all the medications that you are consuming if any.
The process of blood to nation is extremely simple and comprises of generally four steps. These four steps are:
- Medical history and mini physical check
- Blood donation
- Consuming refreshments
The main procedure of donating blood does not take more than 10 to 12 minutes. On an average human body has about 10 pints of blood in the body out of which roughly 1 pint is given during the time of donation. If you are a healthy donor you can easily do need blood every 56 days.
And that is all what you need to know when donating blood. Blood donation does not require a special reason, you need to find your own reason to do so. Remember that when you donate blood you are actually helping save a life.