What Happens After a Blood Donation

Blood Donation
What Happens After a Blood Donation

How quickly is the blood we give quickly replenished?

When we donate blood, our body replenishes its various components very quickly: Specifically the tumor in 10 minutes, the plasma replenishes in 24 hours, the platelets in 72 hours and the red blood cells in 2-4 weeks. The body does not face any problems during this period of replenishment.

How will we feel after the blood donation?

Most people feel like before!
After all, such an experience of offering can only create beautiful emotions!
Some volunteer blood donors feel like they have prayed, others very happy because they helped people in need and others stronger who did!

Which patients are given the blood and how long does it last?

The blood we give is checked by the hospital for certain diseases and is divided into its various components. So, from one unit we can help three or even four people!

The blood we offer is donated in various surgeries, in people with leukemia, hemophilia, Mediterranean anemia, etc.
More specifically, after donating this blood is divided in the laboratory into its components and each of the components of the blood is administered to a different patient:
Red blood cells are the ones that carry oxygen. They can be kept for up to 42 days. Transfusions can help people who have surgery or have anemia.

Platelets control bleeding and are maintained for 5 days. Cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients need platelets.
Plasma is the fluid that carries blood cells and can be stored for 12 months if cooled. Plasma is needed by patients with burns or coagulation disorders such as hemophilia.

So from one unit of blood that we give, 3 or even more people can be helped!

What is the examination of the blood we give?

The blood we give is checked by the hospital for certain diseases and is divided into its various components. So, from one unit ("bottle") we can help three or even four people!

Blood is available to use in about 48 hours. During this period it is subject to laboratory testing and separation of its components:

A. Laboratory test

Blood groups are identified, Rhesus is screened for communicable diseases: AIDS virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, etc. The test is performed with reagents and methods of high sensitivity and specificity.

B. Separation into components

The blood unit is centrifuged and fractionated into its components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma). Depending on the condition, patients need different ingredients.

If there is a problem during the laboratory blood test that we have given, first a second new blood sample is confirmed with a specialized method.

What if there is a problem with the blood we have donated?

In any case of a positive result, the blood is wasted while the blood donor is properly informed by the competent doctor of blood donation, receives medical advice and psychosocial support.

This procedure is carried out in a strict framework of ethics and compliance with medical confidentiality.

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