Singapore Red Cross and Ang Dating Daan (Blood Donation)

10 REASONS TO DONATE BLOOD

• Blood transfusions save lives.
• There's no substitute for human blood.
• Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.
• About 60 percent of the population are eligible to donate blood, yet less than five percent do.
• A pint of blood, separated in to components, can help up to three people.
• You'll make your community a safer place.
• Fulfils your desire to "give back" to the community.
• You'll receive a mini physical (blood pressure, temperature, iron level).
• You'll learn your blood type.
• It's safe, simple and it saves lives.




Few reminders before you donate...

Include iron-rich foods in your diet.
An iron-rich diet can help keep hemoglobin levels within an acceptable range for donating.
Consistent, long-term consumption of meats, leafy greens and/or other iron-rich foods is the key.

Know where you’ve been and when.
In accordance with FDA regulations, donors may be deferred based on travel to areas exposed to vCJD (the human form of mad cow disease), malaria or other illnesses during specified time frames.

Know the medical conditions you have, and the medication you are taking.
For your safety and the safety of blood recipients, donors on certain medication may be deferred or required to wait before donating. High blood pressure medicines containing ACE inhibitors and insulin treatments for diabetes are among the unaccepted medications.

Drink 8-10 glasses of water.
Keep your body hydrated in preparation for a loss in body fluid.
Avoid coffee, alcohol or caffeinated beverages that dehydrate the body.

Get adequate rest.
Typically eight hours of sleep the night before your donation will make you feel rested and healthy.

Eat a hearty meal.
Be sure to have a good breakfast on the morning of your donation and full meals throughout the day.

Bring a valid photo I.D.
I.D.s must include a birth date (NRIC Card, EP Pass or Passport).

Successful Donation Tips
1. Be in good health.
2. Get a good night's rest.
3. Bring a photo ID with your birthdate and SSN.
4. Please be on time.

DONATION PROCESS
• Prospective donors first complete a health history questionnaire and screening interview.
• The next step involves a brief physical examination of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and a test for anemia.
• If the prescribed medical requirements are met, a unit (about one pint) of blood is drawn from the donor. Afterwards, donors are served refreshments while remaining seated for 15 minutes.
• The entire process usually takes less than one hour.

2 comments:

Dating said...

Useful info, thanks!

Filipino girls said...

A very helpful guidelines before donating a blood.Thanks for sharing this one.

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