MYTHS ABOUT BLOOD DONATION

There are many common excuses for not giving blood, and also many misconceptions about eligibility requirements.

Here are a few myths dispelled:

  • “I’m nervous about giving blood”

Most first-time donors are! However, after donating most also wonder why they were ever nervous. Once you see how simple it is and know the value of what you have given, you will probably want to give again.

  • “Giving blood is inconvenient”

From the time you sign in, the whole donation process takes under an hour. Your actual donation time will be less than ten minutes.

  • “I might get a disease from donating blood”

All equipment is brand new, disposable and used only one time. The only thing you can get from donating blood is the good feeling knowing you’ve helped others.

  • “They don’t really need my type”

This is never true. Some blood types are more common than others, but the rarest type of blood is the type that is not available when needed. Since whole blood and blood components must be transfused within a few weeks, there is a need for regular donations of all blood types throughout the year.

  • “My blood is common. I don’t think there will be demand for it”

That is why the demand for your type is greater than for rare types.

  • “I will feel drained and tired after donating”

You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.The volume of blood that you donate is just a little less than one water sachet (450mls). In about a day, the body makes up the amount of blood lost. With regards to the blood cells in the body it takes 4-8 weeks for complete replacement.

  • “I cannot resume normal activities”

You can resume all your normal activities, though you’re asked to refrain from taking part in any vigorous activity such as climbing, driving a heavy vehicle or working at hazardous depths or heights.

  • “I’m Too Busy.”

Is your life worth an hour of someone’s time? Is someone else’s life worth an hour of your time? Think about it.

  • “I’m too young or too old”

You can donate blood as long as you are between the ages of 17 and 60 years old and had passed all required medical tests.Below 17 years the body has not stored enough iron used to make Haemoglobin (Hb).As one ages, the heart and blood vessels become weaker and therefore such people tend to suffer from diseases of these organ systems. However in some special cases, the medical examination is extended for these people. If they are found to be fit, they are allowed to donate.so although its stated,there is absolutely no upper age limit on donating blood and you are never too old as long as you are healthy.

  • “Other people must be giving enough blood”

Actually, the percentage of donations collected from the eligible population by National Blood Service, Ghana from voluntary unpaid donors is 32% as of 2014.The recommended percentage to be reached is 100% by WHO. Yet the demand for blood and blood components is constant. The needs of patients can only be met by people like you.

  • “I’m Anemic.”

A trained technician will test a drop of your blood before you donate. If you are anemic you will not be permitted to donate that day. However, anemia is not usually a permanent condition. Just because you have been deferred or told that you were anemic does not necessarily mean that you cannot give blood later.

  • “They’ll Take Too Much Blood And I’ll Feel Weak.”

If you weigh at least 50 kg, you may safely donate blood. Only one pint is taken,no more. After giving blood most people can resume their normal activities. Those who weigh less than 50 kg are not accepted for donation.

  • “I will have low blood”

If you are okayed to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.

  • “I can’t take alcohol”

You can on the next day.

  • “It will be painful while donating”

No, you will not feel any pain.

  • “I will feel dizzy and may faint”

You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.

  • “I’m On Medication.”

Many medications, including allergy medicines, vitamins, aspirins, birth control and blood pressure pills, do not affect your eligibility as a blood donor. Be sure to tell the medical interviewer what medications you are taking or have recently taken.
Epileptic patient seizure free for the last 3 months with or without medications can donate.
Defer donation temporarily if breathing difficulty is present

  • “It Might Hurt When They Draw The Blood.”

The actual drawing causes no pain. You might feel a slight pinch when the needle is inserted, but that’s all.

  • “I Am A Woman, I Can’t Donate Blood”

Being a woman does not hamper your ability to donate blood. Although, due to physiological factors, women may be more prone to conditions such as anemia, pre-donation counselling will help you decide if you should or shouldn’t donate.

  • “I can’t give blood because I have seasonal allergies”

Allergies, even those that need to be controlled by medication, will not prevent you from donating blood as long as symptoms are mild and you are generally feeling well.

 

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