• Matthias Ferrieres

Giving Blood

Blood is needed to save lives in times of emergencies and to sustain the lives of those with medical conditions, like leukemia, thalassaemia and bleeding disorders, as well as patients who are undergoing major surgeries.

For many patients, blood donors are their lifeline. One unit of blood can save three lives!

According to the Red Cross, every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. We need about 120,000 units of blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients every year, equivalent to more than 400 units of blood a day.

With an ageing population, more advanced life-saving medical procedures, and new hospitals being established, more blood will be needed every year.


Where can you donate blood in Singapore?

You can make a blood donation at any of the 4 blood banks or at a community blood donation drive near you!

Community blood drives are organised regularly with the support of our community partners.

Precautionary measures are in place at all donation sites (click here). To ensure safe distancing, we strongly encourage donors to call 6220-0183 to book a time slot (at least a day in advance). Please remember to bring along your ID when you come to our blood drives.


What is checked before donating blood?

If the donor is eligible to donate, the donated blood is tested for blood type (ABO group) and Rh type (positive or negative). This is to make sure that patients receive blood that matches their blood type.


How long does blood donation take Singapore? The actual donation takes only 5 to 10 minutes for 350 to 450 ml of blood, or up to 45 minutes for apheresis donations (platelets, red cells or plasma). Just sit back and relax during the process. You will get a bandage over the spot once it is over.




What are side effects of giving blood? The side effects of donating blood include nausea and dizziness and fainting in some cases. You may develop a raised bump or experience continued bleeding and bruising at the needle site too. Some people might experience pain and physical weakness after donating blood.


Can I eat before I donate blood?

Try to eat 2-3 hours before your donation to keep your blood sugar stable. Avoid fatty and rich foods that can block iron from being absorbed into your blood. Don't skip the snacks: After your donation, you'll be offered refreshments and it's strongly advised that you eat and drink to refuel your body.


Is blood donation painful?

Fact:It is not painful. The pain experienced is only of the needle prick. There is no pain during transfusion.


What should be the gap between blood donation?

How often can one donate blood? The minimum time advised between two donations is 3 months. This gap helps blood regain the normal haemoglobin count. The age of the donor must be above 18 years and below 65 years of age.



Sources:

https://www.redcross.sg/give-blood/why-should-i-donate-blood.html#:~:text=Blood%20is%20needed%20to%20save,who%20are%20undergoing%20major%20surgeries.&text=Every%20hour%20of%20the%20day,blood%20are%20used%20in%20Singapore.

https://www.redcross.sg/give-blood/where-to-donate-today.html





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