On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day on June 14th, this article deals with the importance of donating blood and the awareness that needs to be created around the same. The Red Cross Society has strongly come forth in recent years, to spread awareness on this noble cause. It is important to break the many myths associated with blood donation, so that more people come forward to volunteer. Let us start with this: did you know, by the time you have a simple post-donation snack such as a glass of milk and some fruit, you have regained as much as twice the blood that you will have donated (in quantity)?!
Here are some astonishing facts that will help you understand the importance of being a blood donor and how much someone can benefit, by this small gesture from you:
A single session of blood donation can benefit as many as 4 sets of people, when divided into its various components (red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate).
A premature baby can be given a second chance with as little as 3 teaspoons of your blood.
Someone in this world is in need of blood, every 2-5 seconds.
American citizen, James Harris, saved 2 million babies through multiple donations of his rare blood type.
There is no substitute for human blood. Therefore, all medical care depends on blood donation ability
Enough to make you want to be a donor? Here’s some more incentive – blood donation does not just benefit the receiver, but, also has a host of benefits for the donor, themselves:
You are renewing your blood which means that you are giving it the capacity to revitalise itself.
Blood donation has anti-cancer benefits
Helps in the prevention of hemochromatosis
Aids in maintaining a healthy heart & liver
Stimulates the production of blood cells
Now, let us do one last check and you are ready to be a blood donor. Blood donation comes with a certain amount of responsibility, as well. You are influencing not only the receiver’s health, but also your own. Below is a basic checklist for you to run through, so that you can be certain that you are ready:
Are you 18 years or above (legal age to donate blood)?
Are you of the indicated healthy weight & BMI?
Are you free from all infections and diseases?
Have you abstain from drugs, alcohol and/or other intoxicants?
As a general rule, pregnant or menstruating women are not allowed to donate, in the interest of their own safety.
All good? What are you waiting for – become a blood donor today to save a life and enrich your own!