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Facts on Safe Blood

SOME FACTS ON SAFE BLOOD

What is safe blood?
Safe blood when given is expected to benefit a patient without causing any adverse effects. It should be free from any infectious agents which can be transmitted through it like - HIV, Hepatitis viruses and agents causing syphillis.
 
Why do we need safe blood?
We need safe blood to save lives. Blood is used to replace blood loss during accidents, delivery, and surgery, specific components in blood are also separated and used to replace specific component deficiency in various diseases.

How can we ensure that blood is safe?

THERE ARE VARIOUS STEPS TAKEN TO ENSURE OPTIMUM SAFETY OF BLOOD. THESE CONSIST OF:

- Proper selection of blood donors
- Laboratory testing for HIV, HCV and Syphilis
- Pre-transfusion testing procedures

What role do donors play in providing safe blood?
Blood donors play a pivotal role in providing safe blood. Blood donors who are voluntary and non remunerated and regular are the most safe.

Why are voluntary donors more safe?
Voluntary donors are safe because they donate blood out of pure altruism and humanitarian consideration. They do not expect any reward for their donations. They do not have anything to hide as far as their medical status is concerned.

SAFE BLOOD STARTS WITH ME
I AM A SAFE DONOR BECAUSE :
- I do not have HIV/AIDS.
- I am not and have never been an intravenous drug user.
- I have not had sex with a person who is HIV positive in the past 12 months.
- I do not have casual or multiple sex partners.
- I do not engage in sexual relationship with a person of same sex.
Therefore, I believe that my blood is safe for transfusion and can save a life.

 

A Special Type of Lifesaver, an Apheresis Donor

 

What is apheresis?
(a - fur - e' - sis)
Unlike a "whole blood" donation in which a unit of whole blood is removed from your body, the apheresis process connects you to a machine that removes only one or two components from your blood, and then returns the rest of the blood back to you. It takes about one and a half hours for platelet apheresis. Donations can be done every 2 weeks. The collection process is absolutely sterile, so the risk to you, the donor, is no greater than when you donate a unit of whole blood.
 
Why be an apheresis donor?
Many patients, including cancer and heart surgery patients, can't produce enough platelets to stop bleeding. These blood components are essential for life. An apheresis donor can help to give these critically ill patients another chance at life.
 
Who can be a special donor?
Apheresis donors must meet the following requirements:
· must be between 18-55 years of age.
· weight must be at least 55 kg.
· be willing to spend one and half hours for a platelet donation

You will be given a mini-physical including a blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin check. Platelet donors need to be aspirin free for three days before donating
Every time you donate blood, someone benefits. You can be sure that your apheresis donation is helping a person with very special health care needs.

For information or an appointment, please call
(+230)424-4766 or (+230)424-0644

 

BE AN APHERESIS DONOR - IT'S SAFE! IT'S EASY! IT SAVES LIVES !