Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation

Myth Vs Facts About Blood Donation


Blood donation is a voluntary activities that can help to save the life of others.  

Donating blood is a life-saving gift.

We call it a simple thing that makes a big difference in life of other.

Many people who doesn't give or donate blood due to various misconception.

Know The Myths And Facts And The Donate Blood

Remember blood donation can lives of others.

Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation
Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation

🩸Myth: It hurts while giving blood it is painful

Fact:

Only pain you experience while giving blood is a pain of a prick of the needle when inserted. That is you only feel a tingling sensation for a couple of seconds when a needle is inserted. Other than this lightheadedness or dizziness is felt during or after donations which is not for all. The pain of needle you feel is same as the Pinch of injection. 

In fact the tiny hole is left Behind on your forearm by the needle and it will remind you of the good deed you have done. Sometimes a small bruise may occur from the needle entry and blood donation is not painful.

               

🩸Myth: Blood donation consumes lot of time

Fact:

Blood donation takes around 8 to 10 minute. However registration and processing time may vary. Answering questions about your health, sickness, history and physical examination to determine your eligibility to donate blood only takes time. You also require a few minutes to recover after blood donation and before you leave. Even refreshment is provided. So the actual time for blood donation is around 30 to 45 minutes including physical examination, filling up the forms, giving blood and then refreshments.


🩸Myth: You cannot donate blood if you are on medication

 Fact:

This depends upon the medication your are on or you are taking. As long as you are not suffering from any bacterial viral or fungal infection you can donate blood. Certain steroids, hormones or anti coagulation if you are taking will not qualify you for donating blood.


🩸Myth: Blood donation causes blood deficiency.

Fact: 

New and fresh blood is revived within 48 hours after blood donation. It doesn't cause blood deficiency. In fact If a person is having good and healthy eating habit, he can donate blood more than twice a year. Make a habit of drinking enough liquid so that a body can replace lost fluid within a few hours. Within a few days you can replace your red and white blood cells. It is not that if you donate blood you won't have enough left in your body.


🩸Myth: Blood donation leads to obesity.

 Fact:

There is no direct result of weight gain after blood donation. People who eats more and does less exercise are prone to obesity.


🩸Myth: People having diabetes are not eligible for blood donation.

Fact:

 As long as the sugar level of the diabetic patient is within permitted range, they can donate blood.


🩸Myth: Blood donation involves a risk of getting exposed to severe infections like HIV.

 Fact:

Unless and until the needles used for blood donations are new and sterile, there is no risk of getting exposed to any infection. Only the infected needle bring in the virus.


🩸Myth: If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure you cannot donate blood.

 Fact:

Yes having high cholesterol doesn't allow you to donate blood. Also your blood pressure should be under 180  systolic and 100 diastolic at the time of your blood donation.


🩸Myth: You are old, You cannot donate blood 

Fact:

You can give blood voluntarily without consent from a parent or Guardian from the age of 18 but there is no upper age limit for blood donation unless and until you are healthy.


🩸Myth: blood donation is done once per year.

Fact:

Body replace replenished blood itself. Plasma is replaced within 24 hours. RBC cells take about 4 to 6 weeks. Hence gap between two blood donation should be at least 60 days. This may vary depending on your eating and drinking habits.


🩸Myth: You cannot donate blood if you have tattoos or piercing.

Fact:

Wait for 6 months to 1 year after tattooing or body piercing, If you have not done with single-use instrument. Of course there is no restriction for donation. If you get a tattoo at a Texas state license facility you can donate blood immediately but if you have done from non state licensed Facility wait for one year to donate.


🩸Myth: If you have traveled, you cannot donate blood

Fact:

Well, this depends upon where and when you have traveled. History of travelling to countries with active Malaria, Ebola virus, corona virus, Zika virus is a risk and need to be assessed before donating blood.

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🩸Myth: If you are suffering iron deficiency, you cannot donate blood.

 Fact: 

Iron is needed to make up hemoglobin which carries oxygen in your blood. Before blood donation hemoglobin is checked to ensure safe blood donation. Low Hemoglobin level will cause fainting or feeling ill from giving blood. Hence, will not allow to donate blood.


🩸Myth: Blood is stored forever.

Fact:

Different Blood components have different shelf life.

  • RBC is stored for 42 days in a refrigerator
  • Platelets are stored for 5 days at room temperature.
  • Plasma are stored for one year under frozen condition.

🩸Myth: Blood donation affect health and immune system

Fact:

It is advisable to take rest for a while after blood donation, as the whole process is little stressful. Drink plenty of fluids like fruit juices within a few hours. There is no recovery issues as long as you are healthy after donating. In fact new cells are produced faster by the body after blood donation.

Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation
Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation

🩸Myth: Blood can be manufactured.

Fact:

Blood only comes from human beings upon donating. It is not an artificial fluid that can be manufactured in laboratory.


🩸Myth: Vegetarians cannot donate blood as they doesn't contain enough iron

Fact:

The iron can be replaced from the one stored in the body and also from balanced diet after donation. Vegetarian can donate blood without any interference. Iron found in vegetables are not well absorbed by the body as iron from animal protein. Vegetarian can take iron supplements.


🩸Myth: People who donate blood, pass out from Blood loss.

Fact: 

About one pint, less than 1/10 of  what the average adult body contain is donated at a single time. Only few donors may feel faint during or after the blood donation. Keep yourself well hydrated. No pass out from blood donation is possible.


🩸Myth: If you have recently given a seasonal flu vaccine you cannot donate blood

Fact: 

The seasonal flu vaccine does not defer from blood donating. But if you are feeling flu-like symptoms you are not eligible to donate blood unless and until you are symptoms free.


🩸Myth: After blood donation you cannot participate in water or other physical activities.

Fact:

Person is asked to take rest for the day and avoid heavy lifting and hard workouts after blood donation. Blood donation does not interfere with any sports or physical activity. Person can continue the activity on the very next day after blood donation.


 🩸Myth: Heavy people are healthy and can give more blood

 Fact:

 Over weight people do not have more blood, in fact they are less healthy.


🩸Myth: Blood donation of mixed races is helpful

Fact: 

There is no eligibility criteria depending on race and caste. Only blood type and group is important.

🩸Myth: Blood donation can detect if one is  HIV positive.

Fact:

HIV antibodies takes months to develop after infected with the virus. Those who are recently infected may give a negative result and are not able to infect other. Hence. It is better not to donate blood if at risk of getting HIV and other infection.

                                          

🩸Myth: Human blood can be substituted.

Fact:

There is nothing available to replace human blood. There is a huge need of blood every second

🩸Myth: Only professional donors can donate blood.

Fact:

The US food and drug administration's requires that blood donated by people who are paid for the donations are called professional Donor. Anyone with good health can donate blood other than professional Donor.

Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation
Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation


 🩸Myth: If I have a common blood type, my blood is not needed

 Fact:

 If it is so common among healthy people, then it is also common among patients. The blood of all group both common and rare is needed.

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🩸Myth: Blood donation is done only in the extreme cases like a plane crash, terrorist attack, etc., this is more important than donating blood in the usual regime, thereby saves more people.


Fact:

At any moment and place, unfortunate accident may occur with loss of blood from the victims. The delivery of blood and its components takes time and blood needed may be immediately. Hence, regular donation is needed to meet the urgent supply of blood to make any emergency situation


🩸Myth: Blood can be taken only on weekend days to rest for one day after Blood Donation

Fact:

Blood can be donated on any days. There is no requirement of special long rest after donation. You can sit for 10 to 15 minutes, avoid physical activity during the day and follow simple healthy diet. Drink more amount of water and avoid going in sun. There is no need of one day rest after blood donation.


🩸Myth: You cannot donate blood, if you smoke

Fact:

You should take break or avoid smoking for 3 hours after the blood donation and stay away from alcohol for 24 hours prior to donating blood. You must be at least 18 years old and weight at least 50 kilograms.


🩸Myth: During any pandemic blood collection centers are not safe

Fact: 

Blood bank and blood collection centers follow guidelines according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). They follow strict adherence to standard procedures, hand hygiene, social distancing. Blood collection centers are always safe  all the time

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🩸Myth: Blood donation make Immune system weak.

Fact: 

Donated blood can be replenished within a few days. Although if body finds itself in danger,  it produces quickly.  However RBC return to normal within a few days and WBC takes a few weeks.


🩸Myth: People who weigh heavier are eligible for blood donation and those who are lighter are not.

Fact: 

Eligibility for blood donation does not depend on body weight. A person with a lighter weights experience more weakness than a person who is above 50 kg. Also body weight has nothing to do with the amount of blood in your body produces.

   
Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation
Myths Vs Facts About Blood Donation

              

🩸Myth: A woman cannot donate blood

Fact:

Blood donation has nothing to do with gender. Only thing is women have a low hemoglobin than men due to their biological setup. Women can actually survive in low hemoglobin levels. Unless women are  pregnant, lactating, anemic or suffering from Medical issues that lowers hemoglobin count cannot donate blood


🩸Myth: Regular blood Donor make the body produce more blood which is harmful to health and cause dependence.

Fact:

Blood donation does not harm the body of a healthy person nor it is addictive. Regular blood donation do not cause the body to produce more blood but they teach it to recover more quickly after blood loss.


🩸Myth: Fresh Blood is better than stored

Fact:

Blood undergoes several morphological, biochemical and physiological changes over time. Blood bank dispense Blood on a first in first out basis. Blood is stored for 42 days. Blood stored for this long time is not harmful.

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