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As you know there is no substitute for blood, it can’t produce, it can't harvest and yield but all life depends on blood. Blood is living fluid and when your donated blood, you give guarantee to save a life. In order to extend shelf-life and to provide maximum benefits from each blood donation, whole blood fractionates into several products. Most common products are Red blood Cells (RBCs), platelets, plasma, cryoprecipitate and fresh frozen plasma (FFP). Units of packed red cells are made by removing as much of the plasma as possible from whole blood units. According to ABO blood group system, donating to the same blood group; type O blood donors can give to A, B and AB; blood donors of types A and B can give to AB.

Blood Tips

  •   Drink plenty of water the night and morning before you donate.
  •   Eat breakfast to help keep your blood sugar up.
  •   Eat iron rich foods for 2 weeks before your appointment; for example, spinach, whole grains, eggs, and beef.
  •   Avoid fatty foods for twenty-four hours before you donate
  •   Avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
  •   Ask for a blanket if your hands or feet start to feel cold.
  •   Have a snack after the donation.Rest for a few minutes enjoying your snack before leaving the donation site.
  •   Eat a meal high in protein after your donation: beef, chicken or legumes are excellent choices.
  •   You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
  •   Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.

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