Frequently Asked Questions on Blood Donation

Who can give blood?
Anyone between 18 and 65 years of age and in normal health having a body weight of 45 kg or more and a haemoglobin content no less than 12.5 gms/hundred ml can be a donor.

Why blood is not collected from a person having a haemoglobin content of less than 12.5 gm/l00ml?
The stipulated haemoglobin content of 12.5 gm/100 ml for a donor is the standard for a healthy person. Persons having less Hb content than the prescribed one cannot be treated as healthy donor having sufficient Hb for donations and hence are not allowed to donate blood. Further, blood weak in Hb content does not help the patient much in carrying oxygen to cells.

Can one donate blood if one's body weight is less than 45 kg?
No

But I am underweight!
Not, if you are 45 Kg. or more, and in good health you can donate blood.

Why blood is not collected from a person having a haemoglobin content of less than 12.5 gm/l00ml?
The stipulated haemoglobin content of 12.5 gm/100 ml for a donor is the standard for a healthy person. Persons having less Hb content than the prescribed one cannot be treated as healthy donor having sufficient Hb for donations and hence are not allowed to donate blood. Further, blood weak in Hb content does not help the patient much in carrying oxygen to cells.

How much blood do you take?
Blood banks take only 350 ml of blood as your gift of love.

What diet should I follow if I am deciding to donate blood?
Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.

What should I eat before going for a blood donation?
Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating.

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.

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 and 42 Days with Sagam.

Does it take long time to donate blood?
The entire procedure of blood donation takes about 15-20 minutes whereas the actual Blood Donation is just 5 minutes job!

Will I feel all right after donation?
Yes, you can go back to your normal work after 30 minutes.

But it will make me weak.
Blood donation has no ill effect on the body. You can resume your routine duties immediately after blood donation. The amount of blood donated is a small part of your surplus blood and is recouped by the body in twenty one days and you can donate blood again after 3 months.

How often can one give blood?
Not more than once in 90 days.