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Why Donate Blood?
Jagbandhu Picture
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Posted 13-12-2009Reply

Why Donate Blood?

Blood is the living fluid that all life is based on. Blood is composed of 60% liquid part and 40% solid part. The liquid part called Plasma, made up of 90% water and 10% nutrients, hormones, etc. is easily replenished by food, medicines, etc. But the solid part that contains RBC (red blood cells), WBC (white blood cells) and Platelets take valuable time to be replaced if lost.

This is where you come in. The time taken by a patients body to replace it could cost his/her life. Sometimes the body might not be in a condition to replace it at all.

As you know blood cannot be harvested it can only be donated. This means only you can save a life that needs blood.

Every year India requires 40 million units of 250cc blood out of which only a meager 500,000 of blood units are available.

A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can donate his/her blood in every 3 months.

In Survey, Nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they give blood to help others. Respondents also said that giving blood makes them feel good about themselves; supports their local communities and hospitals; supports their community culture; and “pays back” society for the times when they or their families have needed blood transfusions in the past.

Saving a life does not require heroic deeds. You could just do it with a small thought and an even smaller effort by saying "yes".

I Say "Yeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do You say ????? :-)



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  Rated +5 | Posted 14-12-2009

Hi Jagbandhu,

Thanks for sharing. I regularly used to donate blood to the child of a family friend who had Thalassemia, a genetic disorder, in which the patients' bone -arrow is incapable of replenishing the dying blood cells. Only alternative to a very expensive Bone Marrow Transplantation is to transfuse blood every week, or two weeks. I had seen a lot of difficulty that his parents used to face. Forming a blood donor club among our friends circle greatly helped them. In fact, from a stage where they used to request people to donate blood, we reached a stage where we used to fight amongst our friends group about who would donate blood this time.

Trust me, it gives you a high which cannot be compared to anything else.

A lot of people have false notions about donating blood. It does not make you weak, you would not faint after donating blood. A healthy individual can donate blood every 3 months. I have done it more than 17-18 times. In fact, we can make it a goal to donate blood on our Birthday, cos that is the best thing that we can do on our birthdays, or any special days for that matter. It would surely make a difference.

Regards, Harish

Mujtaba Picture
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  Rated +5 | Posted 14-12-2009

Thank you Jagbandhu for sharing this article. We need to encourage more blood donors. Harish respect your contributions and yes you are right that Bone Marrow Transplantation is an expensive affair. Not only that it's expensive but a risk one should be confident to take.

The thalassemic patient may be cured, die or end up with the same condition again. My brother is a survivor of this condition and on the day he got operated there were 2 other out of which 1 did not make it and one operation failed.

Donate blood it would cost you nothing but mean the world to the person who needs it!

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  Rated +5 | Posted 14-12-2009

In the world, a person needs blood every second...and his life is depending on that.

According to each country's policies, a person can donate between 400 and 500 ml of blood, meaning 1/12 - 1/10 of his blood volume.

24 hours after donating blood some might experience dizziness, but rest and fluids are enough to make that pass.

In less than 48 hours after donating blood your organism is replacing the blood volume missing and refreshes your blood. Bones marrow is stimulated to produce new red blood cells in order to replenish the loss.
The blood level of iron decreases, the excess of iron is eliminated and it also decreases the level of free radicals (toxic components relaterd to many diseases like cancer, heart disseases).
Another advantage of donating is the decrease of cholesterol blood level, which we all know how harmfull it is for our arteries.

Of course that we will be allowed to donate blood after being tested for hepatitis B, C, HIV/AIDS, syphilis and malaria.

These are the scientifical data. I started by showing the minor disadvantage of donating blood, who doesn't occur often and then I showed you the benefits for our organism.

All these are nothing comparing to the feeling you have after donating blood, knowing that you were able to save a life, to help someone during a surgery, or after an accident, or someone dying from a severe disease. You can be happy, proud of yourself, you can feel can feel any of these or all of them at once....but the reality is that your blood will do wonders for a friend or a total stranger. You can make such a huge difference in someone's life. You can decide to give life to someone who has all the rights for life like you...but who is depending on you.

Sri Manjari
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  Rated +3 | Posted 14-12-2009

Very good and encouraging post. And Harish has added few valuable points like highlighting myths about donating blood. Also I thank Claudia for penning down her valuable inputs. Its really informative and we should pass on such information to as many people as possible.

Thanks & Regards,
Sri Manjari .V

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  Rated +4 | Posted 14-12-2009

Thanks for sharing this information on this forum , in view of it I would like to add the importance of "Blood platelet donation".

What are Platelets?
Platelets are blood cells that help control bleeding. When a blood vessel is damaged, platelets collect at the site of the injury and temporarily repair the tear. Platelets then activate substances in plasma which form a clot and allow the wound to heal.

What is Apheresis?
Apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis) is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets. During the apheresis procedure, all but the needed blood component are returned to the donor.

Why is Blood Separated?
Different patients need different types of blood components, depending on their illness or injury. After you donate whole blood, the unit is separated into platelets, red cells and plasma in our laboratory. Only two tablespoons of platelets are collected from a whole blood donation. Six whole blood donations must be separated and pooled to provide a single platelet transfusion. However, one apheresis donation provides enough platelets for one complete transfusion -- that's six times the amount collected from a whole blood donation.

Who Needs Platelets?
Many lifesaving medical treatments require platelet transfusions. Cancer patients, those receiving organ or bone marrow transplants, victims of traumatic injuries, and patients undergoing open heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.

Because platelets can be stored for only five days, the need for platelet donations is vast and continuous.

Platelet transfusions are needed each year by thousands of patients like these:

Heart Surgery Patient, 6 units
Burn Patient, 20 units
Organ Transplant Patient, 30 units
Bone Marrow Transplant Patient, 120 units
Who Can be an Apheresis Donor?
If you meet the requirements for donating blood, you probably can give platelets. Apheresis donors must:

be at least 18 years old
be in good health
weigh at least 110 pounds
not have taken aspirin or products containing aspirin 48 hours prior to donation.
Are Apheresis Donations Safe?
Yes. Each donation is closely supervised throughout the procedure by trained staff. A small percentage of your platelets are collected, so there is no risk of bleeding problems. Your body will replace the donated platelets within 72 hours. The donation equipment (needle, tubing, collection bags) are sterile and discarded after every donation, making it virtually impossible to contract a disease from the process.

How Does the Procedure Work?
During an apheresis donation, blood is drawn from your arm into an automated cell separator. Inside a sterile kit within the machine, your blood is spun and platelets are removed. Your remaining blood components are then returned through your arm.

How Long Does it Take?
Depending on your weight and height, the apheresis donation process will take approximately 70 minutes to two hours. You may watch television or videotapes, listen to music, or simply sit back and relax while helping to save a life.

Jagbandhu Picture
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  Rated +3 | Posted 14-12-2009

Thank you Sooooooo much to all of You for your kind appreciation and for those wonderful reply.
As we all know, Blood is the common bond between human beings. It is beyond caste, creed, race, religion or nationality.
Blood donation gives, a proud feeling of touching someone’s life in such a beautiful way. Its an experience that no words can define.
So, Blood donation is the simplest way to pay back to our society.
:-) :-)


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  Rated 0 | Posted 16-12-2009

thanks for sharing...................

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  Rated 0 | Posted 16-12-2009


Thanks for sharing such an wonderful and Initiative post.........


Kartheka R

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  Rated 0 | Posted 18-12-2009

thanks for sharing

Suneel Kumar
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  Rated +3 | Posted 25-12-2009

Hi every body,

Let us stop thanking each other. There is no doubt in it that it is a valuable on. But let us commit to donate blood right from now on wards if any body not donated. My self donate occcassionally to the required people like friends, relitives etc. but after this post I am committing that i will do it for every six months irrespective of the need.


Suneel kumar G

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