Q.Why should I give blood?
The most important reason for becoming a regular blood
donor is to meet the blood needs of our community and country. Blood can
not be manufactured in the factory. There is no substitute for human blood;
donors are the only source. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and
an adequate blood supply is crucial to their survival. Remember, just
one pint of your blood can save as many as four lives.
The demand for blood continues to increase, yet around
2% of the population donates.
Q. Can I get AIDS by donating
There is no way you can be exposed to the
AIDS virus by donating blood. All needles and equipment are pre-packaged,
sterile and disposable. Nothing is ever re-used on another donor.
Q Who can give blood?
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 who are
fit and healthy. Regular donors can keep on giving blood right up until
the age of 70 under medical supervision.
Q Will I be asked hundreds
of questions before I give blood?
Yes, we will be asking you a number of questions.
A donor questionnaire form will be provided to you, but don't worry -
we promise to get through it all as quickly as possible. And there is
a good reason for it. Our primary concern is that giving blood won't affect
your health in any way. We also have to make sure that your blood is safe
for patients. We just need to find out whether or not you can give blood.
Things like medical conditions, even colds, can all affect your suitability,
although usually it's just temporary. We do need your co-operation in
answering these questions. And of course all your details will be treated
in the strictest confidence.
Q. What if I need to take
Do tell us if you're on any kind of medication.
Medicines, pills, injections, anything. Some of these may affect your
blood and mean we can't take your donation for now.
Q. Can I bring a friend?
Please do. The more the merrier!
Q. Can I eat before I donate?
Yes. It is very important to drink plenty of
fluids and eat a good meal within 4 hours before donating. It is also
important to have a good night's sleep before donating.
Q. Does it hurt?
There is a little sting when the needle is
inserted, but you should be comfortable during the donation.
Q. How will I feel after
Most people feel fine after donation. You will
enjoy refreshments after you donate and we will instruct you to drink
plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours.
Q. Can I exercise right
Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting
for about 24 hours after donation. Most donors can resume normal activity
after that time.
Q. Is my blood tested before
it is used?
Every time you donate, blood samples are taken
for testing. These tests include your blood type and testing for viruses
such as Hepatitis and HIV. If your blood tests show that your blood may
make someone sick, it will not be used and you are notified.
Q How often can I give blood?
4 times a year.
Q. How much blood will I
Only about 350 ml. Bodies are amazing creature
of god , and yours will replace that lost fluid in a very short period
Q. How will giving blood
affect my health?
If you're fit and healthy, you shouldn't experience
any problems whatsoever.
Q. What if I feel faint
when I get home?
You need to take it easy for a few hours after
giving blood, so give that aerobics class a miss. But if you do feel faint
or dizzy, sit down immediately and put your head between your knees. Ideally,
let someone else know if you're feeling a bit faint. If faintness persists
after your donation, don't hesitate to call us on 0542-2369237, 230-9415
to let us know and we'll be able to advise you further.
Q. What can I do before
and after giving blood?
Drink lots of liquid before and after you donate
- of course, not the alcoholic variety please. Eat your regular meals
too, and do let us know if you've skipped a meal on the day.
Q. Can I smoke /chew tobacco
after giving blood?
Probably best that you don't for about Eight
hours after donating, as it might make you feel dizzy or faint.
Q. I gave up smoking and
I am using patches, will I still be able to give blood?
Yes, probably. If you suffer from any symptoms
as a result of quitting, we suggest you only give blood once those symptoms
have passed. Most patches, nasal sprays and gum do not prevent you from
giving blood but bring them along to the session and show the nurse or
doctor before donating.
Q. Can I go back to work
on the same day?
Unfortunately the answer is yes. However, there's
always an 'however' - and it is not advisable to give blood just before
undertaking a hazardous hobby or job, such as driving a crane or driving
in the emergency services.
Q. Does Blood donation affect
the sexual function?
Q. I sometimes take tranquillisers.
Does this prevent me from giving blood?
Well if you are taking better you tell to attending
blood bank staff/nurse.The medical staff will need to see what medication
you are on, so bring it with you. The nurse or doctor may have a quick
chat with you about your medication and any underlying condition, but
in the vast majority of cases tranquillisers do not stop you from giving
Q. I suffer from varicose
veins. As blood is carried around my body through my veins am I able to
Providing you are otherwise fit and healthy
you are still able to be a blood donor and donating will do you no harm.
However, if you are awaiting surgery or have recently had surgery this
may temporarily exclude you.
Q. I've just had a tattoo/
ear piercing and am dismayed that I can't donate for 6 months. Why?
There is always an infection risk whenever
the skin is pierced, and tattooing means lots of piercing. You MUST tell
us if you have had ear piercing, body piercing or tattooing, or have had
acupuncture 6 and 12 months ago as your donation will need an additional
Q. I have started taking
75mg of aspirin a day to thin my blood and help prevent heart attacks.
Will this affect my ability to donate blood?
You can donate blood but, because aspirin may
affect platelet function, your donation will not be used for preparing
platelets. That is why it is always important to let us know if you are
taking any over the counter medication regularly.
Q. I've heard that blood
is used for research. Isn't it all needed by patients?
When you come to donate blood the leaflet you
are asked to read, tells you that occasionally blood that is not needed
for transfusion maybe used for research and development work. All such
use is carefully controlled, ethical approval is obtained where appropriate
and no donor is identified.
Q. I am a vegetarian, can
I give blood?
There is no problem with vegetarians giving
blood. The red blood cells, which require iron from the stores in your
body, will need to be replaced after the donation. Provided you eat a
well-balanced diet you should be able to replenish your iron supply within
a month. However, this may take longer because you are a vegetarian.
Q. I have received blood
transfusion within four months ago. Can I donate the blood?
NO. You will be temporarily differed for six
months because of risk of any transfusion related infection if any.
Q. I am taking Birth Control
Pill. Can I donate blood ?
Q. I am on Hormone Replacement
Therapy (HRT) Can I donate the blood?
A. Women on hormone replacement therapy for
menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis are eligible to donate.
Q. I am having chronic Asthma and on regular prophylaxsis.
Can I donate Blood?
A. If you have recent execrations of asthma
than probably we may differ. This is to avoid any acute attacks during
blood donation .However, acceptable as long as you are not having difficulty
breathing at the time of donation and you otherwise feel well. Medications
for asthma do not disqualify you from donating.
Q. I had Cancer of cervix for which I have been
given radiotherapy five years back and my doctors says that there is no
reoccurrence of cancer Can I donate blood?
Probably no. Better discuss with In-charge
blood bank with your treatment document
Q.I had recently Cold, Flu.
Can I donate blood?
Wait if you have a fever or a productive cough(phlegm)
Wait if you do not feel well on the day of donation.
Wait until you have completed antibiotic treatment for
sinus, throat or lung infection.
Q. I am suspicious that I might be having HIV,
AIDS. Can I donate blood?
You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever
had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at
risk for becoming infected with HIV.
You are at risk for getting infected if you:
- have ever used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything
not prescribed by your doctor
- are a male who has had sexual contact with another male,
even once, since 1977
- have ever taken money, drugs or other payment for sex
- have had sexual contact in the past 12 months with anyone
- received clotting factor concentrates for a bleeding
disorder such as hemophilia
You should not give blood if you have any of the following conditions
that can be signs or symptoms of HIV/AIDS
- unexplained weight loss (10 pounds or more in less than
- night sweats
- blue or purple spots in your mouth or skin
- white spots or unusual sores in your mouth
- lumps in your neck, armpits, or groin, lasting longer
than one month
- diarrhea that won't go away
- cough that won't go away and shortness of breath, or
- fever higher than 100.5 F lasting more than
Q. I have been Immunize/ Vaccinated ? Can I donate
Acceptable if you were vaccinated for influenza, tetanus
or meningitis, providing you are symptom-free and fever-free.
Wait 2 weeks after immunizations for Yellow Fever vaccine.
Wait 7 days after immunization for Hepatitis B as long as you are not
given the immunization for exposure to hepatitis B.
Q. I have Infections?
If you have a fever or an active infection, wait until
the infection has resolved completely before donating blood.
Wait until finished taking antibiotics for an infection (bacterial or
viral). Wait until 7 days after an antibiotic injection for an infection.
Q. I have been Intravenous Drug User (Main
Liner) Can I?
Those who have ever used IV drugs that were
not prescribed by a physician are not eligible to donate. This requirement
is related to concerns about hepatitis and HIV.
Q. I had GBP proven Malaria, Can I donate
Wait 3 years after completing treatment for
Q. I am on Medications, Can I?
In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify
you as a blood donor. Your eligibility will be based on the reason that
the medication was prescribed. As long as the condition is under control
and you are healthy, blood donation is usually permitted.
Over-the-counter oral homeopathic medications, herbal remedies, and nutritional
supplements are acceptable.
There are a handful of drugs that are of special significance in blood
donation. Persons on these drugs have waiting periods following their
last dose before they can donate blood:
- Aspirin, no waiting period for donating blood. However
you must wait 72 hours after taking aspirin or any medication containing
aspirin before donating platelets by apheresis.
- Clopidogrel - wait 7 days after taking this medication
before donating platelets by apheresis.
- Coumadin (warfarin) , heparin or other prescription
blood thinners- you should not donate since your blood will not clot
normally. If your doctor discontinues your treatment with blood thinners,
wait 7 days before returning to donate.
- Hepatitis B Immune Globulin - given for exposure to
hepatitis, wait 6 months after exposure to hepatitis.
- Human pituitary-derived growth hormone at any time -
you are not eligible to donate blood.
- Ticlopidine - wait 7 days after taking this medication
before donating platelets by apheresis.
Q. I had Organ/Tissue Transplants can I?
Wait 12 months after receiving a Kidney transplant
or tissue transplant (e.g Cornea)from another person.
Q. I have Skin Disease, Rash, Acne, Can
Acceptable as long as the skin over the vein
to be used to collect blood is not affected. If the skin disease has become
infected, wait until the infection has cleared before donating. Taking
antibiotics to control acne does not disqualify you from donating.
Q. If I am having/had Tuberculosis, can
If you have active tuberculosis or are being
treated for active tuberculosis you should not donate.
Acceptable if you have a positive skin test, but no active tuberculosis,or
if you are receiving antibiotics for a positive TB skin test only.
If you are being treated for a tuberculosis infection, wait until treatment
is successfully completed before donating.
Q. What do the different blood components
Plasma: Fluid portion of blood, contains water,
albumin, hormones and clotting factors.
Red Cells: Carry oxygen from the lungs to all the tissues in the body
and return carbon dioxide to the lungs
White Cells: Protect against disease and infections
Platelets:Small plate-shaped cells that cluster together to help form
blood clots when bleeding occurs