Monday, June 14, 2010

World blood donor day.

Today, June 14th is celebrated as world blood donor day.

Preparations for blood donation.

  • Have a regular healthy meal the previous day and day of donation, do not fast before donation.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for 48 hours before donation.
  • Avoid smoking on day of donation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids on the day, but avoid caffeine.
  • Wear something comfortable, with sleeves that can be rolled up.
  • After donation, sit down for a while and eat light anacks that is offered.
  • Drink plenty of liquids and juices for next couple of hours.
  • Donor can go back to work within half an hour of giving blood, but should avoid intense physical exertion immediately after donation.
Criteria for donation
  • Must be above 18 years of age
  • Donor should not be underweight - more than 45-50 kg is fine
  • Should not be suffering from infections such as a cold or flu or chronic diseases(diabetes/cancer etc)
  • Should not have taken any intoxicating drugs, orally or otherwise
  • Should not have blood pressure or low blood pressure
  • Pregnant or menstruating women not eligible to donate

It takes around 24 hours for our body to replenish the volume of blood and hemoglobin level is usually replenished within 7-10 days.

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