Why donate blood?

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20 Aug 2016 - General

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. All you need is the heart to do so.

Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.

For you, it's just a few moments out of your day but for patients in need, it may save their life. Specialist medical staff are on hand at all times during the donation, which is a simple, safe and painless procedure. There is no risk for donors of giving blood, and it may help patients in your country recover more quickly.

Despite medical and technological advances, blood cannot currently be made. The only way of getting hold of it is via blood donations from people who give blood. So the only way is by donating.

Because each blood donation provides three different blood components, each with its own role in treating patients, it helps up to three different people.

Just a reminder, that men can give blood up to four times a year and women up to three times providing there are at least two months between donations.

Doing a good deed is never a loss to ourselves.

For me donation is a choice for us all to make while we are fit and well. Their is no right or wrong answer but we should not sit on the fence, Yes or no we need to act on our decisions and do something about it while we can. Either in life by seeing if we can give blood - good if we can but if we can't at least we have tryed and if we wish to donate organs and tissues on our death inform our families and friends so that the wish that we have made in life can be facilitated, If we do not wan...
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I've only donated blood twice in my life, and both for family. I think I should put in more effort. Anyway in my schooling years when we did hospital duty, we were rotated in the hematology section of the hospital and it was usually quite uneventful, but one day there was an accident and the patient needed a lot of blood. The mother of the teenager was so efficient, she took all of her son's friends to the hospital to donate blood. There were so many people in the lab and the mother was ...
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At the hospital where I had my first appointment, the blood bank was closed after 4pm. It was a small hospital and there was not a huge need of a 24 hour blood bank. But there were rare occasions that a patient needed a blood transfusion at night, I remember once there was a child who came to the hospital at night with dengue hemorrhagic fever. The child was having internal bleeding and she was in shock and impending organ failure so a blood transfusion was needed urgently. It was me and my coll...
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Here in the Philippines, a non-profit organization has been quite successful in getting people to donate blood. They have even linked up with universities to encourage students to donate blood as an option in completing the National Service Training Program. Also, when a patient needs blood during any operation, he or she is required to get 4 people to donate blood to replace what he or she had used. I don’t know how it is in other countries, but this is mostly how it works in the Philippines. I...
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