World Blood Donor Day: Why Even A Single Bottle Matters?

To donate blood is like donating a life. In most of the cases, you won’t even know which home has been infused with a new life by you but there will be a feeling of contentment that will lift off your heart and will hover around your soul like a hat.

Donating a bottle of life may appear as a small act of humanity but this apparent small step leads to saving someone’s life when it is really difficult to. There are multiple cases where blood transfusion is required, sometimes the matter can reflect grave urgency. Diseases like anaemia, leukaemia, sepsis, thrombocytopenia, fatal infections are the most rampant cases that show the dire need of the blood donated by you. Extraordinary cases like major accidents, natural calamity, riots, wars, etc. can result in alarming need of blood and this is when every single bottle of donated blood counts. Think of it as giving a part of the abundant, healthy life that thrives in you, to someone else when staying alive is a battle for them.

As the factual part, a single blood donation can save three lives on average. While the fact may sound soothing in terms of blood availability, the problem is that only thirty-eight per cent of people in the US is eligible to donate blood. The matter becomes even more grave because not everyone who is eligible to donate blood is indulged in blood donation. If stats relating to blood requirement is what your brain is asking for right now, then let us tell you that in every 2 seconds, there is someone requiring blood in the US which totally counts for 36,000 units of red blood cells every day. As a deeper insight, a single blood transfusion requires 3 units of blood. What makes the matter worse is the fact that donation is the only way by which blood and platelets can be gathered. They cannot be manufactured.

There is no doubt about the fact that if one is fit and certified to be able to donate blood, without any second thought, it must be done. Associations like the Red Cross and the national governments are introducing different ways to motivate healthy folks to come forward and donate blood because it is definitely the need of the hour. If the stats above have spaced you out and marking your contribution in the noble cause is what’s on your mind now, here are few things you need to learn about being eligible to donate blood-

  • You must be above 16 years of age and not less.
  • Minimum weight of the donor should be 110 lb.
  • The pulse rate, temperature and blood pressure of the donor should be normal.
  • Any respiratory disease, skin disease, STD shall make the donor ineligible to donate blood.
  • The donor shouldn’t have had a history of abortion or blood transfusion in the past 6 months. Also, a tattoo inscribed in less than 6 months can result in ineligibility
  • There shouldn’t be any history of typhoid, surgery and breastfeeding in the past 12 months.
  • No history of dengue/malaria in the past 3 months.  

Apart from the above-mentioned criteria, any person suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis infection, liver disease, tuberculosis, asthma, leprosy, endocrine disorder, epilepsy, unexplained weight loss, etc. cannot donate blood.

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Now that you know what all can be the reason behind your elimination from the list of blood donors, let us discuss how can you practice blood donation if you stand safe from all that is mentioned above.

Step 01: Get registered with the proximate blood bank or simply approach the nearest clinic. Try to locate the nearest Red Cross office as it is the best choice with more than half of America’s blood bank.

Step 02: Carry your identity proof on the day of donation once the doctor approves your eligibility. If you are or you have been taking any medicines, bring the doctor’s prescription along with you.

Step 03: On the donation day, wear loose, short-sleeved clothes and make your body ready for donation by drinking plenty of water and consuming a good amount of healthy food. Avoid junk.

Step 4: Before extracting blood, you will have to undergo a small physical examination to endure that your pulse and heart rate is normal.

Once you are done donating the blood, take the following precautions for your health

  • Take proper rest by lying down for at least 20 minutes after donating blood. In case you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, lay down with your head straight on surface and legs elevated in the air.
  • Hydrate your body and consume juices and other energy giving edibles right after donating blood.
  • Do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours from the process.
  • Try avoiding roving around if you are someone who faints easily.

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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.