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