Friday, March 2, 2018

Save lives, Donate blood.

Blood Donation

Facts about blood donation
1.     There’s 10 pints of blood in the average adult body (1 pint = ~473ml)
2.     1 pint of blood can save 3 lives
3.     Type O- can be transfused to patients of all blood types
4.     Red blood cells can be stored for 42 days
5.     Platelets can be stored for 5 days

Eligibility requirements
1.     18-60 years old
2.     Free from medication and alcohol (avoid alcohol a day before donating)
3.     Healthy (physical & mental, free from chronic disease)
4.     Sufficient sleep ( >5 hours ) before donating
5.     Does not involve in high risk activity (drug intake, multiple sex partners)
6.     Not pregnant, not during menstrual cycle

After donating
1.     Avoid strenuous activities
2.     Drink plenty of fluids
3.     If you feel dizzy, lie down with both your feet raised above head level

Frequently asked question
1.     How long will it take to replenish the pint of blood I donate?
-Red cell – 4-8 weeks
-Plasma – 24 hours

2.     How long should I wait till my next donation?
-Men – Once in 3 months
-Women – Once in 4 months

3.   Reasons to donate my blood?
      -Save life (accident victims, burn victim, patient who need surgery, dengue patient)
      -Reduce risk of heart disease
      -Replenishes blood cells
      -Weight loss
      -Free health check-up (please donate with the heart of saving lifes, not for the sake of free health         check-up)

You can save 3 lives just under 60 minutes, so why not? :)
Calvin Ong K. Y.

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