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Facts About Blood

BENEFITS OF BLOOD DONATION

  • Blood Donation is a humanitarian act that helps to save the lives of needy patients.
  • Regular blood donation would decrease the possibility of having heart diseases and strokes.
  • It also activates the bone marrow to produce new blood cells.
  • Help the body get rid of excess iron level.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BODY AFTER DONATING MY BLOOD?

Soon after each donation, your body will replace the amount of blood you donate, which is usually 450ml or "one blood unit". Each unit of blood that you donate can be used to help as many as three to four patients in need.

Your blood will be tested for a number of blood tests & the blood donation center will notify you & give you required consultation when required. For your safety, read post donation instruction.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DONATED BLOOD?

Collected blood units will be transported to our laboratory for processing, testing and storage, then transported to hospitals for transfusion. A number of tests will be carried out to ensure patients' safety. Each whole blood donation can save 3-4 patients.

WHAT COMPONENT OF BLOOD DO HOSPITALS NEED?

  RED BLOOD CELLS (THAT CARRIES OXYGEN)

  • To increase red cell mass after trauma or surgery.
  • To treat anemia

PLATELETS (TO CONTROL BLEEDING)

  • To stop bleeding.
  • To treat platelets function abnormalities.

PLASMA (CONTAINS PROTEINS & WATER)

  • To treat bleeding in persons who have lost large amount of blood, for example, following massive bleeding due to trauma or complicated surgical procedures.
  • To treat some rare bleeding disorders.

CRYOPRECIPITATE

  • To treat acute bleeding.

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