Does blood donation really matter?

If the title of this post is something which occur to you before, then you have come to the right place. Today, I am sharing with you information from the Red Cross Singapore which I hope will enlighten and educate all of us about blood donation. 

Before we ask the question….WHY DONATE BLOOD?

Let us take a look at HOW Blood donation really works? 

For your convenience, I have prepared a simple infographic for you.

Going back to the main question: Why Donate 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!
Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. More than 100,000 units of blood are needed 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.
Now if the passage above looks so familiar or very formal, that is because it was taken from the Red Cross Singapore, the website is very informative and contains information on how you can participate even much more in the blood donation programme. From booking an appointment to how you can volunteer to be involved with the various facet of the whole programme in Singapore.

If you are wondering next: Can I donate blood?
There are some basic requirements you need to fulfill in order to become a blood donor. You may become a donor if you:
·       are aged between 16 and 60 (Youths aged 16 and 17 will need to complete and bring a signed parental consent form)
·       weigh at least 45kg
·       are in good health
·       do not have any symptoms of infection (e.g. sore throat, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea) for at least one week
·       did not have fever in the last three weeks
·       have a haemoglobin level of at least 12.5g/dl (Tests will be administered by trained nurses at the donation site) Click here for tips on how to bump up your haemoglobin and iron levels.

At the donation site, you will also be asked to complete a Donor Health Assessment Questionnaire
Depending on your answers, you may or may not be eligible to donate blood. 

Another reminder to all of you, the Halloween Blood Drive happening at *Scape will be held on 28th October (1pm – 7pm). Do register your interest early (before 25th Oct) here: 

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