Blood means and includes whole human blood drawn from a donor & mixed with an anti-coagulant. At our blood centre, we draw 350ml of blood from donor. This is done in 30-45 minutes with minimum inconvenience to the donor.
The major types are O, A, B and AB. For a blood donation to be helpful to a patient, there has to be an appropriate match between the blood type of the donor and that of the recipient.
A single donor can save lives of three patients.
350ml blood is collected from each donor. The whole procedure requires 30 minutes.
The blood is then tested for various diseases to ensure its quality.
Blood donated is processed for component separation within 6 hours.
Components are separated in Packed Red Blood Cells, Fresh Frozen Plasma & Platelets.
Each component is transferred to individual bags to be stored in different refrigerators.
Blood has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. At Somaiya, we specialise in the storing:
Impressive health benefits of donating blood.
It is such a wonderful feeling being able to help doctors save human lives.There are no perfect substitutes for human blood. Every time you donate you can help up to 3 or 4 individual recipients.
Before & after every blood donation a series of health check - ups are performed, totally free of cost. This will be of great benefit to you.
Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check especially in males, thus reduces the risk of heart & liver ailments.
One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal. This can aid you in your body weight control measures.
High levels of iron have been implicated in cancer. Theoretically, donating blood frequently will reduce the risk of cancers.
After donation blood, the body work to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells & in turn helps in maintaining good health.
False. This isn’t true. After donation blood ,the body work to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells & in turn helps in maintaining good health.
False. One can easily resume his or her normal day-to-day routine after donating blood.
False. Donating blood is not painful at all. One only feels a slight pinching sensation when the needle pricks the arms.
False. A healthy person can donate blood four times a year with a minimum a 3 months gap between each blood donation.
No, blood donation can not cause episodes of headache and vomiting if the blood pressure of the donor is within normal limits prior to donation.
No, your body’s immunity level is not affected by blood donation.
No, the blood pressure and blood sugar levels do not fluctuate provided the pre-donation values are within normal limits. A diabetic patient on insulin cannot donate blood.
No, a healthy individual with good eating habits can donate blood four times a year with a gap of three months. It doesn’t make anybody iron deficient.
False. The whole procedure of blood donation from the time of registration takes approximately half an hour.
Yes, a person above 65 years and below 18 years cannot donate blood.
Yes, one should have had a good meal at least four hours before donation.
No, there is no fear of infection due to blood donation.
Yes, a person on aspirin, antibiotics, anti-hypertensive, steroids, hormones, anticoagulants, on inhalers cannot donate blood.
Yes, diabetics on insulin are advised not to donate blood.
No, pregnant women are not allowed to donate blood.
No, nursing mothers should not donate blood for at least six weeks after giving birth because donating blood affects the fluid level in the body and may also affect the milk supply.
No, it is not advisable to consume alcohol a day before donating blood.
Yes, but abstain from smoking one hour before and after donation.
Regular blood donation may lead to obesity.
False. Donating blood does not affect your body weight. However some people, after blood donation, eat more food than normal and avoid exercise which may cause weight gain but it is not directly connected to blood donation.