What are a few things that one must consider before and after a blood donation?
Before Blood Donation
Ensure that you have slept well for a minimum of 6 hours
Eat something in the last 4 hours
Do not smoke 2 hours prior to blood donation
Do not consume alcohol at least 24 hours prior to blood donation
During Blood Donation
While the blood is being taken you must keep pressing the sponge provided, which ensure the smooth flow of blood
Please do not get up immediately after donating blood. You must allow the blood flow in the body to normalize by lying down 5 more minutes. This also prevents dizziness
This is followed by little refreshments
You can resume your daily work immediately after the Blood Donation
The Blood you donate is tested and separated into the components before being made available to the patients
Any abnormality found is reported to you if you have chosen to receive the same
Post Donation Care
Eat and drink something before leaving
Have more liquid intakes on the day
Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours after donation.
Don’t smoke or chew gutka for the next 2 hours
If there is bleeding from the puncture site, fold the arm
If fainting or dizziness occurs, lie down on the floor with your legs raised with the stool support
Avoid vigorous games like cricket, weight lifting, and any other adventurous sports for 24 hours after donation.
Resume all normal activities if no symptoms occur
Remove bandage next day
If fainting or dizziness occurs for a longer time and does not subside, please seek medical help immediately.
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