- There is no substitute for human Blood
- Blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
- An average adult has about 14 to 18 pints of Blood.
- One standard unit or pint of Blood equals about two cups.
- Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the body.
- Blood carries carbon dioxide and other waste products back to the lungs, kidneys and liver for disposal.
- Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds.
- One unit of donated whole Blood is separated into components before use (red Blood cells, white Blood cells, plasma, platelets, etc.)
- There are four main Blood types: A, B, AB and O.
- Each Blood type is either Rh positive or negative.
- There are about one billion red Blood cells in a few drops of whole Blood.
- Red Blood cells live about 120 days in our bodies.
- Red Blood cells can be stored under normal conditions for up to 42 days.
- Frozen red Blood cells can be stored for ten years, and more.
- Platelets must be used within five days.
- Platelets are small Blood cells that assist in the process of Blood clotting helping those with leukemia and other cancers, controlling bleeding.
- Plasma, the fourth major component of Blood, is a sticky, pale yellow fluid mixture of water, protein and salts. It is 95% water. The other 5% is made up of nutrients, proteins and hormones.
- Blood Plasma constitutes 55% of the volume of human Blood.
- Plasma helps maintain Blood pressure, carries Blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones, and supplies critical proteins for Blood clotting and immunity.
- Type AB plasma has been considered as the universal Blood plasma type, and therefore AB plasma is given to patients with any Blood type.
- Frozen Plasma can be stored for up to one year.
- Human Blood; red Blood cells, white Blood cells, plasma and platelets are made naturally by the body in the bone marrow.
Tips For Donating
- Please have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
- Please accept the snacks offered to you after the donation, it is vital you have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later.
Please avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation