NEED OF BLOOD

• Every year INDIA requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood are available.

• The gift of blood is the gift of life. There is no substitute for human blood.

• Every two seconds someone needs blood.

• More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

• A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year.

• The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.

• The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.

• Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.

• More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

• A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood

Thousands of patients need blood transfusion as in the following conditions:

• Patients suffering from haemorrhage due to casualities

• surgical procedures and labours

• Haemophilic patients

• Chronic Anaemia

• Malignancy Thalassemic patients

• Bone Marrow transplantation

• Neonatal jaundice and others

There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O.

In 1901, Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian physician, discovers the first three human blood groups. On his birthday i.e June 14th "World Blood Donors Day" celebrates. On October 1st ‘National Blood Donation Day’ celebrates in India.

WHAT TYPE ARE YOU?

FREQUENCY OF BLOOD TYPES
O+ 1 person in 3 O- 1 person in 15
A+ 1 person in 3 A- 1 person in 16
B+ 1 person in 12 B- 1 person in 67
AB+ 1 person in 29 AB- 1 person in 167


EXAMPLES OF BLOOD USE
1. Automobile Accident 50 units of blood
2. Heart Surgery 6 units of blood / 6 units of platelets
3. Organ Transplant 40 units of blood / 30 units of platelets
4. 20 bags of cryoprecipitate 25 units of fresh frozen plasma
5. Bone Marrow Transplant 120 units of platelets/ 20 units of blood
6. Burn Victims 20 units of platelets


HEALTH BENEFITS OF DONATING BLOOD

IMPROVES HEART HEALTH

Donating blood improves your overall cardiovascular health. Increased level of iron in the blood raises the chance of heart disease. Regularly donating blood helps males in particular to reduce the amount of iron in the blood. This can reduce the chance of heart attack by 88%. Additionally, regular blood donation can lower the risk of severe cardiovascular events such as stroke by 33%.

ENHANCES THE PRODUCTION OF NEW BLOOD CELLS

When blood is withdrawn, the donor's body immediately begins to replenish the lost blood. New cells are produced by marrow within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells the donor loses during donation are completely replaced within one to two months. Therefore, donating blood helps to stimulate the production of new blood cells. This process of replenishment can help your body stay healthy and work more efficiently.

BURNS CALORIES

Donating blood on a regular basis can also improve fitness. Donating one pint of blood (450 ml) burns 650 calories in donor's body.

ENHANCES FEELING OF WELL BEING IN ELDERLY PEOPLE

Many elderly people who are in good health have reported feeling invigorated and reenergized by giving blood on a regular basis.

REDUCES CANCER RISK

Give blood to help lower your risk of cancer. According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers.Risk levels drop in correlation with how often participants donate blood.

FREE HEALTH SCREENING DONE

In addition to all of these benefits, a donor receives a free prior health screening plus mini blood test. There will bean HB level test, as well as a blood pressure and body check. Blood is also tested for some major diseases and the donor is immediately informed in strict confidentiality if any of these tests show positive results.

SAVES LIVES

By donating blood, many lives are saved and hope is given to many whose situation may otherwise be hopeless.Blood donors give such patients a second lease of life.

BRINGS JOY TO MANY

When you donate blood, you impact not only the patient whose life may depend on your donation, but also all those who depend on that patient. The entire community will benefit from he spirit of generosity.

Quotes

  • "Give me blood and I will give you (new) freedom!" - Subhas Chandra Bose
  • “All powers are within you, you can do anything and every thing” - Swami Vivekananda
  • “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime” - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam