- What is the source of the blood ?
Voluntary blood donors with clean medical history for the preparation of
various blood components.
- How often can one donate blood ?
individual ( male or Female ) can donate blood once in 90 days subject to an
acceptable level of pre - donation Hemoglobin concentration.
- How can I save four lives?
The blood you
donate is split into four components
- (viz) RBCs, Platelets, Plasma and
- Can one develop AIDS, Hepatitis or any other disease by
donating blood ?
NO. if you use only single use disposable
equipment for collecting donor blood. As a donor you have every right to
satisfy yourself about the products used in the blood bank.
- Why is only a component of the blood used and not the whole blood
Over the last decade, blood transfusion has been made safer by
transfusing only the needed component of the blood to the patients ( viz. )
RBCs for those who are anemic and those undergoing surgery, Platelets for
those children and adults whose platelet count is low due to disease or
medication they received and Plasma for those with burn injuries or bleeding
problems. Apart from providing the right component, this approach helps in
optimal use of available blood.
- What is the shelf life of various components ?
can be stored up to 42 days at 2 - 6 C, Platelets for 5 days at 21.5 - 22.5 C
with constant agitation and Plasma for one year at less than - 30 C. When
stored as whole blood , the clotting factors in the plasma lose their efficacy
in 4 hours and the platelets lose their function after 24 hours. Hence the
need to discontinue use of whole blood and prevent wastage of these blood
- How is blood safety ensured ?
Blood transfusion can
never be 100 % safe. What is safe today may not be safe as knowledge improves.
Examples for this will be the new knowledge on Hepatitis B Virus and HIV
Virus. However, Blood Banks are expected to ensure the safety by testing the
donor blood for diseases known to be transmitted at that point of time.
Currently law in India requires testing of each unit of donated blood ( not the
donor prior to donation ) for Hepatitis B ( HBsAg ), HIV (Antibody Test) VDRL,
Hepatitis B virus (HBsAg & Anti Hbc Total)
(Antigen & Antibody)
Hepatitis C virus ( Anti HCV - III Generation
- How is the compatibility test done between the blood of donor and
It is assumed that if the blood of donor and recipient
belong to the same group they will match. But in reality it is not so. Apart
for A, B, and O group antigens there are many other blood group antigens on
the Red cell surface of every human being. Under normal circumstances a full
panel cross-match is done before every unit is released for transfusion. Only
in the event of emergencies and if the consultant orders blood component
without full panel cross-match, the same is issued with only ABOD
- Are the blood components available any time of the day ?
Blood components are issued 24 hours a day subject to availability of
- What is Blood Donors Book
"Blood Donor Book" is a section where you can register
yourself as a interested donor, anybody who is in urgent need of blood can
contact u through email, But its totally on your discretion to agree or
express your inability.