World Blood Donor Day (14 June 2020): Safe blood saves lives

Blood collected in an anticoagulant can be stored and transfused to a patient in an unmodified state. This is known as ‘whole blood’ transfusion.

However, blood can be used more effectively if it is processed into components, such as red cell concentrates, platelet concentrates, plasma and cryoprecipitate. In this way, it can meet the needs of more than one patient.

2 thoughts on “World Blood Donor Day (14 June 2020): Safe blood saves lives

    1. drroopesh Post author

      Dear Someone,

      It depends on where you plan to donate blood:

      In Canada, “as long as you are sober, show no signs of intoxication and can give informed consent”, you can donate. Previously, they required 12 hours from resolution of intoxication before donation.

      In Australia, questions about smoking and alcohol are not included in the quiz to determine eligibility. However, you are advised against consuming alcohol for 8 hours after donation.

      In Wales (UK), while questions about smoking and alcohol are not part of the ‘eligibility quiz’, they do advise donors not to smoke for 2 hours after donation, and avoid alcohol for the rest of the day. Similarly, donors are advised to avoid alcohol before donation.

      Generally, one should have smoked over 4 hours before the time of donation; and consumed alcohol over 12 hours before donation (to be safe). However, guidelines vary from location to location. Please contact your local blood bank for specific details.

      Dr. Roopesh



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