So, I have officially given blood for the first time! Another thing to tick of my bucket list ✓
For those of you who have not donated blood before, what has stopped you?
Scared? Never thought about it?
10 reasons why you should consider donating blood
1) Save and change lives.
With every blood donation that happens, there is a chance to save or improve the lives of up to three adults or six children
2) Anyone could need your blood.
Blood can be used for anyone, from massive blood loss in A&E patients, to people with cancer or even mothers in maternity emergencies. You never know who will need your blood.
FACT: A teaspoon of blood can save a baby’s life while still in the womb.
3) New donors are needed ALL THE TIME.
There were 204,000 new donors in 2015 alone, which was 40% lower than a decade ago. There needs to maintain a regular supply of all blood in all groups and types, to provide to the hospitals and patients.
FACT: 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients across England.
4) Donating blood doesn’t take long at all.
You are more than likely going to be in and out within the hour. You will only spend 5 – 10 minutes of that hour actually donating blood. Along with 15 minutes to relax, and have a drink and biscuit.
5) It is only FOUR easy steps.
You have an around 10 pints of blood in your body, and 1 pint is the amount you would donate.
Step one – Register
Step two – Medical History
Step three – Donation
Step four – SNACKS
6) Health benefits
Donating blood can reduce blood cholesterol levels. You lose a number of blood cells in your body after a donation has been made, which leads for the bone marrow to stimulate and produce new and fresh blood cells to make up for the loss.
7) You won’t lose anything.
Blood renews itself within your body, so you will not lose any.
You can donate a pint of blood every 56 days.
8) Your blood goes further than you think.
In most cases, blood will be separated into three different components, Red blood cells, Platelets and Plasma; which can treat a variety of conditions.
See below for what each components can be used for;
Red Blood Cells
Mainly used to replace the blood lost in an accident. It can also be used for treating some types of anaemia.
Mainly used to treat issues with bone marrow, including leukaemia and blood clotting disorders.
Used to treat abnormal clotting which causes bleeding, including liver disease.
9) Improve life quality.
As well as saving lives, you can also help to improve the of life for people with terminal illness. Blood transfusion can give people the opportunity and energy to enjoy more time with their friends and family.
10) Anyone can donate.
As long as you are between 17 – 66 and weigh over 50 kg, you can donate!
There are millions of people eligible to donate, yet only 4% of people in the UK actually do.
What are you waiting for? Register today.