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Things To Keep In Mind Before Stepping Up as a Blood Donor

Things To Keep In Mind Before Stepping Up as a Blood Donor

Blood donation is one of the best things a healthy person can do to help those in need. In countries like India, there is always a need for blood in hospitals and other places for several reasons. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before and after you consider becoming a blood donor: 

If a COVID-19 healed patient wishes to continue donating blood, they should keep a few things in mind before doing so.

  • If a donor has COVID symptoms and tests positive, the patient should wait at least 28 days before giving blood. A positive donor should keep a 14-day interval from the time he stopped having COVID symptoms.

Personal fitness and food habits to keep in mind for blood donation

  • Drinking water or having fluids after donating blood can help you keep hydrated because fluids are retrieved within 24 hours of blood donation. Drinking aerated or carbonated beverages, on the other hand, should be avoided. In terms of nutrition, eat something light before giving blood. Also, avoid consuming alcohol the day before donating blood and do not smoke right before donating blood.
  • Before donating blood, blood donors are often asked questions about their fitness. Before a donor is cleared to donate blood, his or her blood pressure, haemoglobin, and weight are all examined.
  • Do not exercise or engage in any vigorous physical activity after giving blood since you may experience dizziness. It is critical to relax that day so that you do not strain yourself physically or emotionally.
  • There is a slight possibility that a donor will feel dizzy, which is caused primarily by worry. Apart from that, there are no negative consequences of giving blood. In reality, there are several health advantages to blood donation.

General things to keep in mind for blood donation

  • A minimum of three months should elapse between two consecutive blood donations. According to the statistics, you can donate blood four times each year.
  • Following a blood donation, the blood is tested for various characteristics such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, malaria, and HIV (type 1 and 2). In India, 90% of all HIV cases have the HIV type 1 virus, whereas only 10% of HIV infections have the HIV type 2 virus. If any of the tests mentioned above come back positive, the blood is discarded.
  • Keep in mind that donating blood should always be done at a licenced blood bank. Donate blood only in places where doctors are present. Furthermore, blood should be donated at hospitals rather than in blood donation camps.
  • Keep in mind that donating blood should always be done at a licenced blood bank. Donate blood only at places where doctors are present. 

The benefits of blood donation are numerous, for both the donor and the receiver. Today, make a promise to yourself not to fall victim to misunderstandings. Instead, take the required precautions and engage in the selfless and compassionate act of blood donation.

By: 1Tab Desk | on 2021-08-17

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