Donating blood is a small gesture that saves lives

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At Best Doctors we believe that one of the underlying objectives of this blog is to raise awareness of citizens about the importance of their actions and commitments to the health of everybody.

In this sense, one of the most important gestures that will help the proper functioning of our hospitals and normal development of certain treatments and surgeries is the donation of blood.

Without the necessary reserves of blood in our hospitals, it is possible that some operations will be affected by the delays and dangers that this could mean to patients who need blood, in many cases, urgently.

All it takes is a little effort, a needle prick and some specific requirements

Donating blood is a great act of kindness that does not require much effort from us; just a few minutes of our time and a small prick of a needle, and in return we have the reward of having played our part in the patient’s return to health.

In order to become a donor, some minimum requirements must be met that are intended to ensure the health of the donor as well as the person who will receive the donation.

If we want to become donors, we must meet the following requirements:

–        Be of legal age and not be older than the maximum recommended age (the elderly)

–        Be in good health

–        Be of minimum weight so that a blood simple will not have any effect on us

–        Have not recently donated – time periods vary depending on the country, but in any case, undergoing several consecutive blood donations is not recommended

–        At the time of donation, have no infectious diseases that can be transmitted to the patient

A process that must be very fast

It is advisable to minimise the time that elapses from when the donor’s blood is extracted until the transfusion to the patient.

Once the blood has been extracted, it undergoes a process in which the donor’s blood group is identified. After this has been done, the blood bag is subjected to a centrifuge process in order to separate each of its elements (platelets, plasma and blood cells).

In the last stage of the process, prior to blood transfusion, the blood bag is sent to the laboratory where it is analysed to verify that it is not contaminated with diseases like AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis B or that there are no other potential problems that would rule out the option of a blood transfusion. Once this information is verified, the blood is prepared for medical use.

World Blood Donor Day takes place on the 14th of June, and we at Best Doctors encourage you to take advantage of the closeness of this date by celebrating in the best way possible – with a visit to a hospital and by making a blood donation. This, however, will only be possible on the condition that you meet the necessary requirements.

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