In India, every year we require about 4 Crore units of blood, of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood is readily available. Also, more than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of whom need blood, sometimes daily during chemotherapy treatment. Donating blood is donating the gift of life.
In line with the National Blood Policy and guidelines by the Maharashtra State Blood Transfusion Council, the department of Transfusion Medicine or Blood Bank at Aditya Birla Hospital is devoted to phasing out Replacement Blood Donation by total Voluntary Blood Donations in a time bound manner as our social commitment to help those in immediate need of blood. The Blood Bank promotes IEC campaigns to increase awareness about voluntary blood donation and its benefits to the community.
About Blood Donation
• Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
• Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
• Every blood donor is given a free mini-physical, by checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure
it is safe for the donor to give blood.
• The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
• The average adult has about 10 units of blood in his body. Roughly 1 unit is given during a donation.
• A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
• A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
• All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be transfused to patients.