Many companies, clinics and hospitals run initiatives for World Blood Donor Day, but do you know why donating blood is vital?
- A unit of blood can save up to three lives.
- One out of 10 people who enters a hospital needs a blood transfusion.
- You could save premature babies, people who were in an accident, cancer patients and many, many more.
- Blood can be stored for 42 days only, so a constant supply is needed.
- Donating blood benefits you as well because helping others reduces your stress levels, provides you with a sense of belonging, and just generally makes you feel good.
How you can donate blood
Never given blood before? It's a lot easier than you think!
- Go to your nearest donation centre.
- Complete a short donor questionnaire. This assesses your health and lifestyle for any red flags that may mean you can't donate. For example, if you've had a tattoo or piercing in the last six months or are underweight.
- A nurse will have a one-on-one interview with you to make sure you understood all the questions and to confirm that you are able to donate blood.
- Your blood pressure and iron levels will be checked.
- Then the blood donation starts. It shouldn't be painful and donation centres use only new, sterile needles. About 480ml of blood will be c...
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