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Why Donate?
Donating blood is easy. It may take a few minutes off your busy schedule but once you volunteer, you’ll realise it was well worth it. The sense of fulfillment many report after signing up for a blood donation camp or to help a friend or relative in need of transfusion is incomparable.

It connects you to a larger, collective conscience and can be a spiritual experience.

Here’s why donating blood is important. Some reasons are subtle yet eye-openers, all the same.

Safe Blood
Apart from making sure Blood Banks are adequately stocked, voluntary blood donation also makes sure that the blood is safe. Blood is an efficient carrier of disease and though it is mandatory for Blood Banks to test for various diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, VDRL & Malaria, there is always a risk of missing an infection if the donor is in the window period. Therefore, thorough history taking and repeat voluntary donations help reduce this risk to near zero.

The Holy Family Hospital Blood Bank accepts blood only from voluntary donors and conducts all the mandatory tests to make sure OUR BLOOD IS SAFE.

Save Three Lives!
Every time you donate a unit of blood, you’re actually saving three lives. How’s that? Technology allows every unit of blood to be separated into three components – packed cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets and cryoprecipitate. Most patients do not need whole blood transfusions. So each unit of blood donated now goes a long way.

Keeps You Healthy
Each component of blood has a relatively short shelf life and fresh blood is constantly being produced in your bone marrow. For instance, red blood cells live for 120 days while platelets have a life cycle of just 15 days. Also, your blood volume is replenished within a few hours of donation and it is therefore important to drink lots of fluids during that time. Your red blood cells replace themselves in about 4 to 8 weeks.

Donating blood regularly enhances the production of new red blood cells and this keeps you healthy. You may donate blood once every three months. It gently nudges the body to produce fresh blood.

Get A Free Mini Health Check
The value add is that each donor gets a mini-health check before donating blood. This is because haemoglobin levels, pulse & blood pressure and body weight are checked. After the blood is collected, it is tested for five major diseases: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis and Malaria. You can receive these results confidentially.

Concessions
Each voluntary blood donor is issued a voluntary blood donor card. Voluntary donors can avail a concession on the service charges levied on blood and blood components.
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