Tips on Blood Donation

  • Whole blood can be processed into red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate. One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis and Malaria before it can be released to hospital patients.
  • The average adult has about 70 ml /kg Body Weight of blood in his body. Roughly 1/10 of the above is given during a donation.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour.
  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hematocrit level (red blood cells count) to ensure it is safe for him or her to give blood.
  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hematocrit level (red blood cells count) to ensure it is safe for him or her to give blood.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration and medical history, mini-physical, donation, and refreshments.
  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Voluntary Blood donors are very few mostly replacement blood donation by family members.
  • In India >90% of blood donation comes from male donors.