Jun 14 , 2022
Every year on 14th June, countries all across the world honour blood donors on World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The purpose of the event is to promote awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products, as well as to honour unpaid, volunteer blood donors for their life-saving contributions.
A blood service that provides patients with enough safe blood and blood products is an important part of a well-functioning health system. Every year, the global subject of World Blood Donor Day varies to honour the altruistic individuals who donate their blood for others they don't know.
Slogan For World Blood Donor Day
This year the WHO slogan for World Blood Donation Day is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives” a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of volunteer blood donations in saving lives and strengthening community bonds.
Donating blood is one of the noblest acts that should be encouraged in society so that it may assist meet the continual demands, as blood products cannot be kept or created. Platelets must be utilised within 5-7 days and red blood cells have a 42-day shelf life.
Why Is Blood Donated?
There is always shortage of blood among various patients, and donating blood can save their lives.Those with Hemophilia, Thalassemia, Cancer, severe anemia, or any other terminal condition who lose a significant volume of blood during accidents or emergencies.
Those who lose blood after major procedures. Those who experience substantial problems during pregnancy or during giving delivery.
Blood Donation Guidelines
Before donating blood, make sure you match the standards and keep the following considerations in mind:
- At least 16 years old is required.
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds
- Be in good health
- Able to give blood once every three months.
Screening Before Donation Is Important
The World Health Organization recommends that all blood donations be subjected to testing and screening. Donor blood is thoroughly examined for the presence of any harmful or infectious viruses or organisms, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Zika Virus, Malaria, and others. After that, the donor receives a report.
How Blood Is Donated
Make sure you read the guidelines of the organisation to which you are giving blood. You may be required to register and schedule an appointment. It's a good idea to eat an iron-rich diet in the days leading up to the donation.
A brief medical history and examination will be conducted.
Following the blood screening, a donation will be performed; one pint will be extracted from a vein in your arm using a sterile needle; this process may take 10 minutes. If you're donating platelets, it may take up to two hours. It is preferable to elevate your arm and apply pressure on it. A bandage will be applied to the wound by the phlebotomist. After the contribution, relax and enjoy some refreshments.
After the donation, you may feel dizzy and weak; it is suggested that you rest for the following few days. Keep yourself hydrated for 24 hours.
There are several advantages to donating blood. It reduces the amount of iron in the blood that is too high. According to studies, those who donate blood on a regular basis had lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure and amounts of triglycerides. In this method, a person helps others using their own blood. It has spiritual and religious advantages. It does not take much to donate blood but it can have an impact on others' lives and they can find hope to live on. Let us promise this World Blood Donor Day to honour those who donate and let's promote blood donations as it is the charity of the body and, save precious lives. Get your blood screened from Dr. Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre by visiting the nearest branch or booking online, for more information call at 021-111-786-986.