World Blood Donor Day celebrated

Apollo Hospitals, Chennai organised a Recipient-Blood Donor Meet on 14 June to commemorate World Blood Donor Day. Obliged recipients expressed their gratitude by honouring the Blood Donors. Apollo Hospitals gave away awards of recognition to the volunteers on behalf of the beneficiaries.

The gift of blood is the gift of life. Despite the innovation of new technologies in the field of medicine, there is no substitute for human blood, still the need for blood and blood products have highly increased. In order to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, 14 June is observed as World Blood Donor Day across the globe.

The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them. Coinciding with this year’s theme, “Every blood donor is a hero”, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai created a lifetime opportunity for the recipients to meet the good Samaritans who saved their valuable lives.

According to Dr. Rema Menon, Blood Bank Medical Officer, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, “Blood donation is a very safe and healthy practice. Donating blood involves knowledge about the health history of an individual, preliminary health check-up, screening for infectious markers and blood group. Donated Blood is separated into its constituents like red blood cells, platelets and plasma. While the red blood cells can be stored up to 42 days, platelets can be stored for 5-6 days and plasma, up to one year”.

Facts about the blood donation process

  1. Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded
  2. Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood
  3. The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time donors arrive to the time they leave, takes about an hour and 15 min
  4. The average adult has about 5-6 liters of blood. Only 450ml is taken during a donation
  5. It is safe to donate blood every three months
  6. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days
  7. A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year
  8. All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be transfused to patients