Tips For a Successful donate
There are a lots of a great reasons to donate blood. Maybe you're responding to a tragedy or you know someone who needs a transfussion or perhaps you were simply asked by a friend to give blood. Whatever you reason, giving blood is important.
By following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation can help you make your donation experince as safe, successful and pleasant as possible.
- Minimum age for donation is 17 years. There is not any upper age defined.
- The upper age limit for first time donor is 65 years.
- The minimum body weight of the donor should be 50kg.
- Please have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
- Please accept the snacks offered to you after the donation, it is vital you have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later.
- Blood Donor can donate blood after the interval of 16 weeks(minimum 12 weeks)from last donation, but not more than 3 donations a year
- Plasma Donor can donate plasma after the interval of 2 weeks.
- Platelet donors can give every two weeks up to a maximum of 24 times per year.
- Please avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
- You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol before donation.
Misconception about Donation.
- You wont feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
- You can resume your normal activities after donating blood, though you are asked to refrain from exercise or heavy weight lifting for twelve hours after donation.
- Donating blood will not leave you low of blood; in fact you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
- If you choose to consume alcohol, you can on the next day.
- While donating blood you will not feel any pain.
- You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood. This is a common misconception.
- You will not get AIDS if you donate blood.
- Maintain a healthy, well balanced diet. Please do not donate if your in a period of fasting or any other health issue.
Before Your Donation.
- Get a good night's sleep.
- Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers,fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood.If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
- If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.
- Remember to bring your donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID.
During Your Donation.
- Wear comfortable and loose clothes so that sleeves can be raised easily above the elbow.
- Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
- Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
- Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.
After Your Donation.
- Drink an extra four glasses of liquids(water or other) and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours.
- Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour.
- Keep the strip bandage on for the next several hours.
- Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.
- If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.
- If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better. Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours.
- Consult doctor if you feel any health problem or need medical help.