Medical reports and analysis across the globe have found that there is a rise in the number of blood transfusions, and consequently, in the demand for blood. From newborn babies to aged people, people across age groups are in need of blood due to circumstances ranging from accidents and surgeries to diseases. With an annual demand of 150 millions units of blood, presently only 88 million units are collected internationally, which, every evidently, is far from enough.
As compared to other medicinal requirements, blood is not manufacturable, hence the dependency on physical donations are high. One unit of blood can save up to three lives with different requirements, with the ability to derive transferable components – red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitates. These components can help save a host of lives, such as:
- Victims of car accidents, disasters, trauma, and massive blood loss
- Leukemia and other patients undergoing bone marrow transplants
- Victims of second and third degree burns
- Premature infants and young patients suffering from cancer or undergoing heart surgeries
- Patients suffering from Anaemia and Haemophilia
- Patients undergoing organ transplants and heart surgeries
Donating blood can save not one but three lives, and the potential for making a difference in the world in huge. Organizing a blood donation camp or drive is the best way to do your bit for the patients requiring blood. It’s easy to organize and absolutely safe for the donors. In the light of the upcoming world Blood Donor’s Day on June 14, you can collaborate with us at Pacific International Hospital for executing a blood donation camp.
Blood donation is a safe and healthy process, using only sterile syringes and collection equipements. Every donor is medically examined for an assurance of their capability to donate blood and their appropriate safety. The physical examination includes an analysis of temperature, haemoglobin count, pulse and blood pressure. However, one also needs to ensure the fulfillment of the following criteria before donating blood:
- One must be aged between 18 and 70 years
- One must not be suffering from a cold, flu or any other illness
- One must not have donated blood in the last 12 weeks
- One must possess a minimum haemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dl
- One must weigh at least 45 Kg
With every healthy donor having the ability to donate blood for every three months, the global demand for blood can be successfully and sufficiently met with. Making a difference in society does not necessarily have to be a long and arduous process. It can be as simple and effective as donating blood which takes hardly about 10 mins. This World Blood donor’s Day, donate an unit of blood and make a difference.