FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why should I donate blood?
Because some patient needs it!
Anyone between 18 and 60 years of age and in normal health having a body weight of 45 kg. or more and a hemoglobin content no less than 12.5 gms /hundred ml can be a donor (subjected to screening by the BBO).
Persons under 18 years of age/ above 65 years, those weigh less than 45 kgs, and blood hemoglobin level < 12.5gm/dl and who are disqualified by the blood bank officer for various other reasons.
4. How much blood one can donate at at a time.
350 out of about 5 liters present in our body.
5. Do I need to take extra food after blood donation.
No, with the normal diet you would regenerate your donated blood within 2 to 3 weeks.
6. Is blood donation very painful?
No. Not more than a prick of an injection needle.
7. Will I feel all right after donation?
Yes, you can go back to your normal work after 30 minutes.
8. What do I get by donating blood?
a. Any donation is noble. Donation of blood is the Noblest of all because it saves a human life. You will experience the satisfaction that comes with helping someone in need.
9. How frequently can I donate Blood?
Males - Every 3 months Females - Every 4 months
10. How and where can I donate blood?
You can donate blood at any blood bank in Odisha or you may register as donor in our website. For more details please visit our website at; http://ebloodbank.nrhmodisha.in
11. What can I do before and after giving blood?
Be sure to eat at your regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids before and after donating, but avoid alcohol.
12. Can I smoke after giving blood?
We advise that you refrain from smoking for about two hours after donating, as it might make you feel dizzy or faint.
Weighing Hb estimation (copper sulphate solution method) Measurement of blood pressure Checking heart beats, condition of liver, lung and spleen.
14. What laboratory tests are performed in blood bank for each bag of collected blood?
Jaundice (Hepatitis B & C). Malaria . HIV (AIDS) test . Venereal disease (STD) . Blood Group . Before issuing blood, compatibility tests (cross matching) are done.
15. Why the above laboratory tests are not performed before donation?
They are time consuming tests, and if performed in camp before donation, there will be excessive delay in disposal of donors, and the disgusted donors may leave the camps and refrain from donating blood for ever. Besides, post donation tests are mandatory.
16. Is there any chance of contracting blood communicable disease by donating blood?
No, since sterilized disposable bleeding sets are used.
17. How long can blood be preserved in a blood bank?
In India blood is normally preserved in blood bank for 35 days using CPDA or CPDA1 solution as anticoagulant. The maximum life span of RBC is 120 day.
18. Why is then blood is preserved in blood bank for only 35 days?
Donated blood contains cells ranging from 1 to 120 day's life span. Naturally, cells having such varied life spans cannot be preserved for 120 days in the bag since in that case there will only be a few living cells Present. In order to get a considerable number of living cells present in the blood for transfusion, 35 days shelf life has been found to be optimum with CPDA and CPDA1 solution on the basis of various experiments. Furthermore, cells which can remain alive for 120 days within the human body cannot survive for such period in an artificial environment.
19. How long does it take to transfuse a unit of blood?
This depends on the condition for which transfusion is being given. If the patient is being transfused to replace blood for sudden massive blood loss, one unit of blood may be given rapidly in about 10-15 minutes. However, if the blood transfusion is being given for anaemia, it may take over 3-4 hours. Normal rate of transfusion is 28 drops per minute.
20. How can I find blood availability in this website?
To know the blood availability click here
21. How can I register online as a blood donor?
To register as a voluntary blood donor click here
22. How can I organize a blood donation camp?
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