It takes just a few minutes to donate blood for a person, and it can save up to three lives. However, not everyone is eligible to donate blood.
“There are certain criteria that a person has to fulfil to be a blood donor. The age factor varies with countries; so make sure to learn about the age factor in the country you reside,” says Satkam Divya, CEO, KlinicApp.
Things to know before donating blood:
- The donor’s age in India must be between 18-65 years
- A healthy individual, with a minimum weight of 50 Kg
- Not suffering from any communicable diseases
- The pulse rate of 50-100 without any irregularities and the blood pressure must be 50-100 mm Hg (Diastolic), 100-180 mm Hg (Systolic)
- The minimum haemoglobin level must be 12.5 g/dL
- The body temperature of the donor before donating must be normal, and the oral temperature must not exceed 37.5 degree Celsius
- A gap of at least three months between blood donations
- HIV positive people or those suffering from hypertension, cardiac diseases, blood pressure, epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, and kidney ailments are ineligible to donate
- Pregnant women, breastfeeding women or alcoholic person can’t donate blood
- Persons who have undergone body/ear piercing or tattoo designed anywhere on their body in past six months should refrain from donating