BLOOD DONATION

The activity of blood donation was started by NSS unit of SMSMPITR faculty & student volunteers thereafter other donors joined the event. There was an overwhelming response from students and other donors a total of 500 plus units were collected in the camp till date. Some of the donors who could not donate this time were assured for donation in the next camp.  A Certificate of appreciation, donation card, and refreshment was given to each donor as a token of gratitude.

This camp organizes by SMSMPITR every year in association with blood donation bank, Akluj

Overview
Blood donation is a voluntary procedure that can help save the lives of others. There are several types of blood donation, which help meet different medical needs.

Whole blood donation

This is the most common type of blood donation, during which you donate about a pint of whole blood. The blood is then separated into its components — red cells, plasma, platelets.

 

Apheresis

During apheresis, you are hooked up to a machine that can collect and separate blood components, including red cells, plasma, platelets, and return unused components back to the donor.

collects only platelets — the cells that help stop bleeding by clumping and forming plugs (clotting) in blood vessels.

Donated platelets are commonly given to people with leukemia, people receiving chemotherapy and babies with severe infections.

allows you to donate twice the amount of red blood cells than you normally would during a whole blood donation. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to the entire body.

People with a medical need for only red blood cells include those with severe blood loss, such as after an injury or accident, and those who have anemia with serious symptoms

  • collects the liquid portion of the blood (plasma). Plasma helps blood clot and contains proteins and other substances, such as electrolytes, that help the body function normally.

Plasma is commonly given to people with liver conditions, burns and severe bacterial infections in their blood.

Why it’s done

You agree to have blood drawn so that it can be given to someone who needs a blood transfusion.

Millions of people need blood transfusions each year. Some may need blood during surgery. Others depend on it after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. Blood donation makes all of this possible. There is no substitute for human blood — all transfusions use blood from a donor.

Risks

Blood donation is safe. New, sterile disposable equipment is used for each donor, so there’s no risk of contracting a blood borne infection by donating blood.

If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually donate a pint of blood without endangering your health. Within 24 hours of a blood donation, your body replaces the lost fluids. And after several weeks, your body replaces the lost red blood cells

How you prepare
Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets, you must be:

  • In good health.
  • At least 18 years old, with parent permission. While there’s no legal upper age limit, policies may vary between individual donor centers.
  • At least 50 kg.
  • Able to pass the physical and health-history assessments.

Eligibility requirements differ slightly between different types of blood donation, and from center to center. Check with your local donor center for specifics.

Food and medications

Before your blood donation:

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before you plan to donate.
  • Eat a healthy meal before your donation.
  • Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, french fries or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fats that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods.
  • Drink an extra 473 milliliters of water and other fluids before the donation.
  • If you are a platelet donor, remember that you must not take aspirin for two days prior to donating. Otherwise, you can take your normal medications as prescribed.