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Overview

Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre has a state-of-the art blood bank.The blood bank is licensed by Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

FAQ’s

1) Who can be a blood donor?
     You can donate if:

  • You are between age group of 18-65 yrs.
  • Your weight is over 45 kgs
  • Your Haemoglobin is more than or equal to 12.5gm%
  • Your last donation was more than 3 months ago

2) How long will the blood donation take?
    On an average, the donation takes only about 10 minutes and the entire process from registration to resting time lasts about 30 minutes.

3) What physical examination is performed before blood donation?

  • Checking of blood hemoglobin level
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure

4) What laboratory tests are performed in blood bank for each bag of collected blood?                                                                                                 

  • HIV (AIDS) test
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis
  • Malaria

5) Is there any chance of contracting blood communicable disease by donation of blood?            

      No.As sterilised disposable bleed sets are used                                                                              

6) How much blood is removed during donation and how soon does it get replaced in the body?

      The amount of blood withdrawn varies from 350ml-450ml.It normally takes 24hrs for the blood volume to be replaced and red cells get replaced in about 6 weeks.

7) Why should I donate blood?

You dont need a special reason to give blood.The need for blood is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply and you will feel good knowing you have helped change someones life.

Blood Donation Process

For blood donation, please report to room number one in the blood bank, 2nd floor, Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai. We will guide you through the blood donation process which is as follows:

  • Registration - Room No. 1
    • Registration form must be filled and a local address and contact number must be provided.
    • Personal details will be recorded and a questionnaire to elicit medical history will have to be answered.
    • Your questionnaire will be checked in detail. You will need to sign a declaration to confirm that information given is true.
  • Examination - Room No. 2
    A physical examination, including checking of blood haemoglobin level, weight, blood pressure will be carried out.
  • Donor - Room No. 3
    Your blood pressure will be checked and both ante-cubital fossae (arms) will be examined to confirm good veins and a easy venepuncture for blood collection. A trained medical person will draw the blood.
    A fresh blood bag with the inbuilt needle is used for every blood donation. The needle is destroyed at the end of blood collection and can NEVER BE REUSED.
  • Rest & Refreshment - Room No. 4
    Refreshment (tea/ coffee and biscuits) are served after the blood donation. You should rest for at least 10 minutes and should leave the premises only when allowed by the blood bank staff.

What happens to Blood that you have donated?

Every unit of blood goes through a series of stringent tests performed on state-of-the-Art equipment, for detecting infectious diseases if any, such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Malaria

From the donated blood, some of the following components are prepared:

  • Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC)
  • Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP)
  • Random Platelet Concentrate (RDP)
  • Cryo Precipitate (CRYO)
  • Single Donor Platelet (SDP)
  • Cryo Depleted Plasma (CDP)

These blood and its components are issued to patients as per the treating doctors request.

Pre - Post Donation care

PRE DONATION INFORMATION

  • There is no substitute for blood
  • Donating blood does not take a long time. The actual blood collection procedure takes about 8-10 minutes
  • An individual can safely donate blood from age of 18 to 65 yrs .Weight over 45 kgs.
  • Do not donate blood on empty stomach.
  • Trauma victims, cancer patients and those with inherited blood disorders require most of the donated blood
  • Blood can be safely donated after every three months.
  • People who are anaemic cannot donate blood. However, they should undergo treatment for anaemia and can donate blood once the haemoglobin is within the normal range (More than 12.5gm%)
  • The donor is examined before donation for his/ her suitability to give blood. A number of tests will be carried out on the donated blood to ensure blood safety
  • There is absolutely no risk of acquiring AIDs or any other disease (such as Hepatitis B or C) from donation blood.
  • Individuals who have suffered or suffer from Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or AIDs should not donate blood.
  • As a blood donor, it is your moral responsibility to ensure that the blood you donate is safe and not likely to transmit any infection you may be carrying. To ensure good donor selection, you will have to answer few questions in confidence about your lifestyle and your sexual history. The purpose of asking these questions is to select a healthy and safe donor for needy and sick patients and to collect blood which is safe and unlikely to transmit any infection to the patient You must answer these questions carefully, truthfully and as correctly as possibly, because we know that you want to help rather than harm a patient in real need. This will help to protect you and the patient who receives your blood.
  • Please enroll yourself as a voluntary donor. You can regularly donate blood in a blood bank or blood donation camp

POST DONATION CARE

  • Drink plenty of Fluids over 24 hrs post donation (Water/ Juice).
  • Eat your normal meals. No special diet is required.
  • Take rest for 10-15 mins.
  • Do not Smoke or chew Tobacco/ Ghutaka for 3 hrs.
  • Avoid alcohol for 6 hrs.
  • Do not lift heavy objects with the arm used for donation for 24 hrs.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24hrs.
  • If bleed reoccurs, press firmly on the area for 5-10 mins & raise arm.
  • If dizziness/ Fainting occurs, lie down & raise legs or sit with your head between your knees.
  • Avoid driving for 30 mins.
  • After donation you can do your routine work.
  • You can donate blood again after 3 months.