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Blood Donation Campaigns
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Despite being a country with a population of 1.2 billion, India faces a blood shortage of 3 million units. The problem can be addressed if an additional two percent of Indians donated blood, health experts say.

According to a 2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, only nine million units are collected annually, while the need is for 12 million units.
Every year our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood are available. The gift of blood is the gift of life. There is no substitute for human blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood.
So our mission is to minimize the death rate due to unavailability of Blood by under mentioned plan of action.
» Organizing Blood Donation Camp nationwide In collaboration with Various Govt/Authorised Blood Banks .
» Online volunteer application for Individual/Group blood donation.
» Making a One stop Data online for Availability of Blood.
» Making an online application for Blood Unit requirement.

FAQ’s regarding Blood Donation

Can I donate blood?

To donate blood, you must be in good health, 16 years of age (16-year-olds need a completed and signed Parental Consent Form) or older, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

Will donating blood hurt?

You may feel a slight sting in the beginning lasting only a couple of seconds, but there should be no discomfort during the donation.

Can I get AIDS from donating blood?

No. There is no risk of contracting AIDS or any other disease through the donation process. Each collection kit is sterile, pre-packaged and used only once.

Do I have enough blood in my body to donate?

Yes. The body contains 10 to 12 pints of blood. Your whole blood donation is approximately one pint.

How much blood is taken during a donation?

For a whole blood donation, approximately one pint (which weighs about one pound) is collected. For a platelet donation, the amount collected depends on your height, weight and platelet count.

How long will the actual donation process take?

A whole blood donation takes about 5-10 minutes. The entire donation process, from registration to post-donation refreshments, takes about one hour.

Is there anything I should do before I donate?

Be sure to eat well at your regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids.

What is automation?

Automation is the process of removing a specific component of the blood, such as platelets, and returning the remaining components, such as red blood cells and plasma, to the donor. This process allows more of one particular part of the blood to be collected than could be separated from a unit of whole blood. Automation is also performed to collect red blood cells, plasma (liquid part of the blood), and granulocytes (white blood cells).

The automated donation procedure takes longer than that for whole blood donation. A whole blood donation takes about 5 to 10 minutes while an automated donation may take about one to two hours.

Who needs automated products?

Patients with cancer or leukemia, transplant recipients and patients with blood disorders need automated products. 

Am I eligible for automated donation?

Donors must meet the same eligibility requirements as a whole blood donor. In addition, because aspirin affects the coagulation function of platelets, automated donors are asked not to take aspirin or aspirin-like products (Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen) 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Please feel free to discuss your eligibility for this program with one of our phlebotomists at any time before, during or after your whole blood donation.

How often may I donate?

You may donate whole blood once every 56 days, which allows plenty of time for your red cells to be replenished. Automated donors may donate more frequently -- as often as once every seven days and up to 24 times per year. This is because the body replenishes platelets and plasma more quickly than red cells. Platelets will return to normal levels within about 72 hours of donating. Plasma (the liquid portion of your blood) will return to normal levels within two days. Red blood cells (the oxygen-carrying cells) will take approximately two weeks to reach their normal levels.

What does the term “donor deferral” mean?

Individuals disqualified from donating blood are known as "deferred" donors. A prospective donor may be deferred at any point during the collection and testing process. Whether or not a person is deferred temporarily or permanently will depend on the specific reason for disqualification (e.g., a person may be deferred temporarily because of anemia, a condition that is usually reversible). If a person is to be deferred, his or her name is entered into a list of deferred donors maintained by the blood center, often known as the "deferral registry." If a deferred donor attempts to give blood before the end of the deferral period, the donor will not be accepted for donation. Once the reason for the deferral no longer exists and the temporary deferral period has lapsed, the donor may return to the blood bank and be re-entered into the system.

If I was deferred once before, am I still ineligible to donate?

If your deferral is of a permanent nature, you will be informed. Otherwise, the deferral time depends upon the reason for deferral. Prior to each donation, you will be given a mini-physical and medical interview. At that time, it will be determined if you are eligible to donate blood on that particular day.

Can I still donate if I have high blood pressure?

Yes, if your blood pressure in under control and within the limits set in the donation guidelines.

What if I'm taking aspirin or medication prescribed by my doctor?

Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can affect platelets, a blood component we can make from a whole blood donation. Automated platelet donors must not take aspirin or NSAIDs 48 hours prior to donation.  Aspirin and NSAIDs inhibit the ability of platelets to aggregate or function properly, thus causing them to be ineffective for up to 48 hours.
 
Please be sure to answer YES to the question on the pre-donation questionnaire “In the past 48 hours have you taken aspirin or anything that has aspirin in it”’ if you have taken any aspirin products. This will help our staff determine the correct procedure type of either whole blood or apheresis and the selection of the blood collection pack so that platelets will not be made from your donation.

Can I still donate even though I'm taking medication?

Most prescription medications are not cause for donor deferral, it is the medical condition that may cause the deferral for donor safety reasons.
 
Certain medications, however, can pose a serious threat to recipients of your donated blood. Donors taking the medications in the chart below should not donate. If you’ve ever taken any of these medications please contact us for more information regarding your eligibility.

What is my donated blood tested for?

After you have finished donating, a sample of your blood is sent to the lab for testing to ensure the blood supply is safe. Your blood is tested for:

  • ABO group and Rh type
  • Red blood cell Antibody Screen
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV 1/2
  • HTLV I/II
  • Syphilis
  • Cholesterol
  • West Nile Virus
  • T. Cruzi (Chagas)

Some types of donations may also be tested for:

  • CMV (cytomegalovirus)
  • HLA Antibody Screen

     

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