Why is it important to donate blood?

Why is it important to donate blood?
Why is it important to donate blood?

The decision to donate blood can save a life, or even several.

Every June 14th the World Blood Donor Day in gratitude to unpaid voluntary donors and raise awareness about the need to make regular donations to guarantee the quality, safety and availability of blood and its products.

It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the need to have safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantities for transfusion, and to recognize the important contribution of voluntary and regular donors to the supply of the health system.

Blood transfusions and blood products help save millions of lives each year. They help patients with potentially serious diseases live longer with a better quality of life, and make complex medical and surgical interventions possible.

This month, different campaigns are carried out to promote voluntary, informed and regular donation, which makes blood available to a transfusion and hemotherapy system that serves hundreds of patients every day.

When a person voluntarily wishes to be a blood donor, it is not necessary to be compatible or have the same blood group as the recipient patient, because their donation is actually stored in banks. This procedure is completely sterile and does not represent the risk of contracting any disease.

Requirements to donate blood:

  • Be over 18 years old and under 65.
  • Weigh more than 50 kg.
  • If you have had a tattoo, you must wait 12 months (serological window: in case of possible infection, for example, hepatitis C through contact of the needles with the ink).
  • Be in good health and answer a questionnaire about your lifestyle habits and medication if you are undergoing treatment.
  • Those people who present themselves under the influence of any substance, whether alcohol or drugs, cannot be donors.
  • Rest well, eat breakfast, drink plenty of fluids and do not do physical activity. Avoid consuming fat the day before.
  • Present yourself with ID.

Regular blood donations from healthy people are essential to ensure the availability of safe blood when and where it is needed.

The decision to donate blood can save a life, or even several.

President of the Observatory Foundation for Prehospital Medicine.

Source: Ambito

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