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Blood Donation Eligibility

Blood Donation Eligibility

Hello readers, this article is totally about blood donation eligibility and procedure. We are here to clear all your doubts about blood donations. So first you need to know about blood donation eligibility.

 Blood Donation:
Blood donation is a voluntary procedure i.e.., giving life to other people by donating your blood. Donating blood will not cost you, but it will save others life. World Blood Donor day is on june 14th.

To donate blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weight at least 49 kg's. The most needed blood types are O +, O-, AB- and B-. These blood types are absolutely critical. If you have a blood donor card (know your blood type and have given it before), go to the blood units. If you have one of the critical blood types but do not have a donor card, go to the blood units anyway. If you do not know your blood type and do not have a donor card, the Red Cross is asking you to go to the blood tests next week so as not to confuse the system. More detection and more time is required for new donors. If you have donated blood in the last 56 days, you cannot donate blood again, even if you have one of the critical blood types. People who are going to donate blood should be fit and healthy and age should be between 17 and 70. Men can donate blood every 12 weeks and women can donate blood every 16 weeks.

Eligibility for blood donation:
Any donor can donate blood, who is healthy and not suffering from any transmittable diseases.
Donor must be 18-60 years age and having a minimum weight of 50 Kg can donate blood. Minimum level of donor's Hemoglobin level is 12.5%. A donor can donate blood after 3 months of your last donation of blood. Pulse rate must be between 50 to 100 mm without any irregularities. BP Diastolic 50 to 100 mm Hg and Systolic 100 to 180 mm Hg. Body temperature should be normal and oral temperature should not exceed 37.5 degree Celsius.

Non-Eligibility for blood donation:
A pregnant woman should not donate blood. The important thing is that regular alcoholics and drugs addicted people should not donate blood. Never donate your blood if you suspect that you may be sick or have been exposed to HIV or another virus.If donor undergone any immunization within the past one month.

Steps to follow before donating blood:
Prepare yourself by having enough of fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate blood. Stop donating blood in empty stomach. Eat three hours before donating blood. Prepare yourself by having enough of fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate blood. Avoid fatty foods. Eat food which is rich in iron. Don’t drink Alcohol or caffeine drinks before donating blood. Avoid donating blood for 6 months if you had any major surgery.

Precautions:
Take some rest 10 to 20 minutes after blood donation. Avoid driving immediately after blood donation. Have some juice with high sugar content which will help to rejuvenate the blood sugar back.Don't drink alcohol for 9 hrs after blood donation.Avoid body workouts for 1 day after blood donation.

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