It goes without saying that blood donation is a life-saving process. For those who truly understand the value of life, it paves way for rendering selfless service to mankind. It is an overwhelming feeling to see an ever-multiplying number of enthusiastic blood donors coming forward to help humanity as a whole. Such anonymous and unsung heroes truly deserve applause for their selfless benevolence.
However, there are quite a few among us who cannot even stand the very notion of donating blood. The reasons may vary from fear of needles or syringes, apprehensions of AIDS transmission, dearth of time, lack of interest or health related issues. It is high time that people, specifically the youth realize their responsibility and come forward to lend a helping hand to this noble cause. Unlike wide spread myths and misconceptions, blood donation is an immensely easy and safe process. Surprisingly it isn’t time-consuming at all. Blood transfusion hardly takes 15-20 minutes and the entire process including the donor’s registration, a survey of his medical history and mini health check-up takes only about an hour. After the completion of this process and intake of light refreshments, the donor is free to resume his normal activities.
An average adult body has about 10 – 12 pints of blood. A very minor quantity of about 1 pint is utilized during blood donation. The amount of blood donated can be replenished by the body within a small time span of a few hours. In rare cases, it might take few weeks also. The bone marrow in the human body maintains a constant supply of blood cells, platelets and plasma.
Another advantage of blood donation is that before the actual process of donation commences, a mini medical checkup of the donor is conducted. This includes a host of important medical examinations such as the donor’s body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate and hematocrit level. In addition to this, the donated blood sample is also subjected to a wide array of tests that include HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and other infectious diseases before its distribution to the hospitals. Thus, the entire process of blood donation comes up as a sort of a thorough medical checkup for the donor.
The donated blood samples can be utilized for a limited time period of about 40 days after which they expire and are deemed unfit for transfusion. On the other hand, the donated platelets can be brought into use only within a short time span of about 120 hours. In general, people with blood group AB+ are considered as universal plasma donors. However, other blood groups also command equal demand. Keeping in view the fact, that the hospitals and blood banks are always in a dire need of blood samples, it is highly advisable that all of us resolve to donate blood at least once in our lives, if not regularly!
Blood donation is an act of humanity. Try being a part of this universal cause in the service of mankind and experience the gift of an overwhelming satisfaction that comes your way.