Sahaya's Online Blood Donors Club

Blood is something that every healthy and unhealthy person needs for his survival. We have to stay healthy and keep others healthy too. We always have a feeling of doing something big in our lives. To help people in difficulties or emergencies is one big deed a human can do. Blood is very precious and loosing it can cause trouble to a person. Sahaya Charitable Trust has made an effort to reach out all those people who are in need of blood and save lives. We request you to be a part of Sahya's Online Blood Donors' Club and donate blood to people who are in need of it. We should always remember that today if we come to someone's rescue tomorrow we will find people to help us as well. The idea behind this is to reach out to all the people who need blood in every nook and corner of India. So stay healthy and keep others healthy too. Our blood donors club is an effort to educate and inspire the general public to donate blood, the precious gift of life in case of emergencies and need. We all know blood cannot be produced artificially. Only we can save a life that needs blood. We request you to be a member of our blood donors club and donate blood on a regular basis.

In case of emergencies you may not know the blood group of a Good Samaritan who lives next to your doors. An online blood donors club enables anybody to search and find a donor just with a few clicks on our website.

Normal adults have 10 pints of blood in their body. 1 pint (350 ml) is given during a donation. A unit of blood can save at least three lives as different blood components are used for different purposes. Blood donation is not only life-saving; it is also beneficial to the health of the donor. Blood donation removes some of the excess iron which can cause free radical formation in the body. Studies have shown that men who donate blood on a regular basis have a lower risk of heart disease. Donation of our life blood or organs is the supreme way to express our obligations and solidarity towards the society we live in.

Who can donate blood?

Any healthy adult, both male and female, can donate blood; men, once in every three months and women every four months. Good health of the donor must be fully ensured. The universally accepted criteria for donor selection are:

  • Age between 18 and 55 years
  • Haemoglobin – not less than 12.5 g/dL
  • Pulse – between 50 and 100/minute with no irregularities
  • Blood Pressure – Systolic 90 – 180 mm Hg and Diastolic 50 – 100 mm Hg
  • Temperature – Normal (oral temperature not exceeding 37.5 degree C)
  • Body weight – not less than 46 Kg
  • You are healthy on the day you wish to donate blood.
  • You slept for more than five hours the day before.
  • You have eaten some food in the past four hours before the blood donation
  • It has been at least three months after your last blood donation.

Who should not donate blood?

The following categories of people should avoid giving blood:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women or those who have recently had an abortion.
  • Women should avoid donation during their menstruating period.
  • Persons who are on steroids, hormonal supplements or certain specified medication.
  • Persons with multiple sexual partners or those who are addicted to drugs.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • Persons who have sex with sex workers.
  • Persons who have undergone surgery in the previous six months.
  • Persons who have consumed alcohol in the 24 hours prior to donation.
  • Persons who had dental work or taken Aspirin in the last 7 hours.
  • Persons with any systemic disease like heart disease, kidney disease, liver problems, blood disorders or asthma should NOT donate blood.
  • Persons suffering from infections transmitted through transfusions like HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis etc should Not donate blood.
  • Persons who have tattoos, ear/body piercing or acupuncture within 12 months.
  • Persons who have white patches, enlarged lymph nodes in armpits, neck or groin
  • Persons who have diabetes, cancer, heart disease or high BP

Just before you donate

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast or lunch.
  • Drink extra water and fluids (avoid tea, coffee, or other beverages with caffeine).
  • Please avoid smoking on the day before donating.
  • You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation
  • Eat iron-rich foods: red meat, fish, poultry or liver, beans, green leafy vegetables.
  • Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers and fries before donating. As tests for infections (done on all donated blood) can be affected by fatty materials (lipids) that appear in your blood (for several hours after fatty foods), the required testing cannot be performed and your blood may need to be discarded.

During the donation

  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
  • Relax, Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure. It is not that painful (you will be given a local anesthesia).
  • Usually, snack and drinks will be provided. Have them immediately after donating.
  • A typical Whole Blood donation is equivalent to burning approximately 650 calories.

Recovery and time between donations

After the donation, donated plasma is replaced within 2-3 days. Red blood cells are replaced by bone marrow into the circulatory system at a slower rate, on average 36 days in healthy adult males. In that study, the range was 20 to 59 days for recovery. These replacement rates are the basis of how frequently a donor can give blood.

The list of blood Banks and Blood bank search:

http://www.indmedica.com/directory.php?directory=bloodbanks