Adults have 5 - 6 liters of Blood in their body
Blood should be collected from non remunerated voluntary blood donors using sterile, disposable blood bags & instruments.
Donated Blood is tested and separated into components benefiting 3-4 patients.
The shelf life of Blood components Red Blood Cells (PRBC), Platelet concentrate (PLT) and Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) is 42 days, 5 days and 1 year respectively. The storage conditions of these components are also different; RBC at 2 – 8 o Centigrade, PLT at 20 - 22 o Centigrade and FFP at - 40 o to -80 o Centigrade. These components cannot be stored in normal household refrigerators.
It is safe to donate every 3/6 months. It is quick and safe, doesn’t hurt & saves 3 to 4 lives.
Blood is recovered very quickly in the body: Plasma volume within 24 - 48 hours, RBC in about 3 weeks, Platelets and White Blood cells within minutes.
1 out of 10 hospital patients need blood transfusion.
Blood is required for Cancer patients, accident victims, blood disorder patients, surgery patients, pre mature babies.
Eligibility for Blood Donation
Age: 18 - 65 years
Weight: 45 kg and above
Hemoglobin level: 12.5 gms /dl and above
General good health