Donors FAQ

1. Will I face any side effects from blood donation?

There are no side effects of blood donation. In general, first time donors may feel a bit light or dizzy for a few minutes, and most of the time this is a psychological side effect. The staff at any blood donation bank or camp will make you comfortable and see that donating blood makes you feel happy.

2. How much quantity of blood can I donate?

Usually, donors between the age of 18 to 60 can donate up to 450 ml of blood. The eligible donors should be of at least 50 kg weight and should be healthy. This donated blood can be replenished by a healthy body in around 48-72 hours.

3. What food can I consume before donating blood?

It is always recommended that you eat something before you donate blood. Light snacks, some liquids like tea, fruit juice, etc make you comfortable psychologically before donating blood.

4. What should I know about the blood compatibility chart?

A blood compatibility chart shows how the donor blood groups and recipient blood groups are related. Any recipient is given the donor's blood according to the compatibility of blood groups.

5. How frequently can I donate blood?

Males can donate blood every three months and females can donate blood every four months. It is considered safe if you donate blood in intervals of eight weeks.

6. What benefits can I expect from donating blood?

When you donate blood at any registered voluntary blood bank, you are entitled to receive a Blood Donation Card and a Certificate. This card ensures that you get blood from any registered blood bank, when you are in need. Additional benefit is that every time you donate blood, it gets screened for diseases like hepatitis, AIDS, jaundice, etc, free of charge. Above all the satisfaction of helping someone in need is the greatest benefit of all.

7. What exactly should I expect to happen during blood donation?

Once you reach a blood bank, you will be asked to register as a donor, and your medical history will be sought through a donor form. Blood donation as such is a simple process. Every blood bank first tests a small amount of blood to check if you are anaemic. Once the staff is satisfied that you are eligible to donate blood, your actual process of blood donation should take around 10 minutes. You will be given some refreshments after that, and will be advised some rest.

8. Why should I donate blood?

As blood cannot be synthesized artificially, blood donors are the only way, through whom people in need get blood. Many patients experience blood loss, during surgeries, accidents or other causes. This blood loss can be replenished through voluntary donation of blood.

9. Will I compromise my health due to blood donation?

Blood donation is 100% safe and does not harm your health in any way. A healthy human body contains around 5 litres of blood. Out of this, only 450 ml is taken out during blood donation. This amount can be easily replenished in around 48-72 hours.

10. Will I contact any communicable diseases, AIDS or hepatitis because of blood donation?

There is no chance of getting any of these diseases because of blood donation. The needles and other equipment used to extract blood are sterile and disposable. These disposables are destroyed after a single use.

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