EVERY BLOOD DONOR IS A HERO!
Published on: 16 June, 2019
Every year, on 14th of June, we celebrate the spirit and contributions of countless blood donors, who have or are willing to voluntarily donate blood; blood that could be the only difference between life and death.
The day also serves to raise awareness regarding the constant need for blood donations across the globe, be it someone undergoing life-saving surgery, a pregnancy where a new life is emerging into this world, or where someone needs a constant supply of safe blood to maintain the thread of life!
A donor today, could be a recipient tomorrow, and it only enhances the significance of blood donations and blood donors. Just one donation could save up to three lives, so a pint of your blood could be a gracious gift for loved ones of many. However, not everyone can become a donor. A highly significant factor in this regard is that the donor is in good health, is free of disease and is of an appropriate age.
Who ‘can’ donate blood?
If you are a healthy individual, do not suffer from a disease that can be transferred via blood transfusion, you weigh between 50 kg to 160 kg, and aged between 17 and 66 years, you can safely donate blood.
Who ‘can not’ donate blood?
Anyone who has ever used illicit drugs, who has a congenital coagulation factor deficiency, is HIV-positive, or viral hepatitis patients or a person who is suffering from any other blood-borne disease are ineligible for donating blood.
How ‘often’ blood can be donated?
Men can safely donate blood after three months, and women can do so after every four months.
Where a blood transfusion can save a life, it also has been a constant source of transmission of diseases. A large number of bacteria, viruses, and parasites are transmitted via unsafe blood transfusions. Some of these diseases are:
HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Cytomegalovirus (CMV in immunocompromised patients), Malaria (via red blood cell transfusion)
Babesiosis, Syphilis, Bacteremia
POLHN’s contribution towards creating and raising disease awareness:
POLHN provide an excellent e-learning platform where you can learn about various transfusion-transmitted diseases, their symptoms, prevention, treatment, and management. Some of the courses include:
HIV remains a significant global public health issue. This course has been designed to help health workers in developing a basic understanding of biology, transmission, epidemiology, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
This course provides online education for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. It explains cultural and community standards as well as the science involved in the spread, prevention, and the treatment of both diseases.
This course offers hands-on training regarding basic concepts of infection prevention and control and gives an overview of nosocomial infections and precautions to avoid their spread.
This course explains the implementation of infection prevention and control measures, management of high-risk settings, surveillance, outbreak investigations, supervision, and monitoring.
Please visit POLHN’s website today for quality content about health and wellbeing, and join us in this rewarding journey of knowledge and learning. Live, love, and donate!
Thank you for giving a piece of yourself to save lives!