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Preparing For Blood Donation


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Introduction:

Blood is a body fluid in animals that delivers necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. Blood is an essential part of human body without which no human can survive.
There are 4 main Blood Groups In the ABO system:
  • Group A – It has only the A antigen on red cells (& B antibody in the plasma)
  • Group B – It has only the B antigen on red cells (& A antibody in the plasma)
  • Group AB – It has both A and B antigens on red cells (neither A nor B antibody in the plasma)
  • Group O – has neither A nor B antigens on red cells (but both A and B antibody are in the plasma)
The blood group of a newborn depends on genes inherited from the parents.
Type O negative blood type is universal red blood donor; it means type O can be donated to all blood types.  AB blood type is universal plasma donor.
These blood groups are further divided into positive (+) and negative (-), these signs representing either presence or absence of Rh factor. Rh positive (present) are generally given to other Rh positive groups and Rh negative (absent) are given to Rh negative (-).


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Why Donating Blood?

Thousands of people throughout the world rely on donated blood to keep living. The causes can be blood cancer, Trauma Patients, Bone Marrow, Organ Transplant, severe blood loss and other such diseases or emergency situations.
Blood Donation is the need of time; donating blood doesn’t just save lives but make you healthier and less prone to diseases.
Some of advantages of donating blood are:
  • Saving lives: One person blood donation can save as many as 3 with a single donation.
  • Burning calories: Donating blood can burn up to 650 calories. Be legend, donate blood.
  • Getting New Blood: Donate old blood get it replaced by new blood within 90 days top.
  • Keeping Heart Healthy: Donating Blood reduce the chances of heart disease.
  • Reduce Risks Of Cancer: High level of Iron have been noticed in cancer. Theoretically donating blood will reduce cancer chances, try and see.
  • Certificate: This word is self explanatory!
  • Refreshment: Have some Biscuits and juice, Thumbs Up!!
  • Peace of Heart: You have done a good deed that may save a human life, what’s better to feel??

Who can Donate Blood? (Requirements):

  • The one who is heathy and feeling well.
  • Be at least 18 years old (Adult).
  • Weight at least 50 kg (60kg for power red donors)
  • Appropriate red blood cells and platelets count.
  • Please Donate Blood, Still have doubts? 
For Eligibility! 
If you still have doubts!
 

Before Blood Donation:

  • Maintain a healthy Iron level by eating iron rich diet like red meat, fish, poulry, spinach, and beans etc.
  • Get lots of sleep.
  • Avoid fatty food like ice-cream, cheese, butter etc.
  • Drink extra a lot of water before donation.
  • Stay healthy

Blood Donation Day:

  • Eat something before donating.
  • Drink some water.
  • Wear comfortable clothing with easily foldable sleeves.
  • Relax, talk to others, and listen to music.

After You Donate:

  • Take some time to relax, eat something salty.
  • Avoid smoking for at least 2 hours.
  • Avoid Exercising like riding bike, stairs, jogging etc.
  • Avoid Standing for long periods.
  • Stay away from overheating.
Read More:
http://www.donateblood.com.au/learn/before-and-after-you-donate

A person can experience some minor side effects that include:
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Light headedness
But probably it's not something to worry about, just have something to eat, drink lots of water and get some sleep.

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