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There is no substitute for human blood. When you donate blood, you actually bring smile in many lives. According to a survey, in every three seconds, someone in the world needs blood transfusion. But this tremendous demand for blood is not taken care of even by the hospitals and blood banks. Records say that about 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, however only a small fraction of less than 5% volunteer for this cause. Make your community a safer and lively place by donating blood for a noble cause.

Why should you donate blood? The answer is simple- You could save someone's life! Blood is a medicine that can only be given from one person to another - no other source is currently available. Volunteer blood donors are needed on a daily basis to give blood for the thousands of patients who need it.

1. "I'm afraid."
A lot of people are scared the first time, but after you make one donation, you'll wonder why you ever hesitated. There's really nothing to it! "Do it, get it done, it doesn't hurt!"

2. "How many people donate blood?"
Only 5% of the population donates blood. If only 10% of the population would donate, it would very possibly eliminate all blood shortages.

3. "Do you need my type of blood?"
We need regular donations of ALL blood types. The rarest blood is the type that is not available when it's needed.

4. "Would you want my blood even though I've had an illness or am taking medication?"
If you have any doubts about your eligibility to donate, you can discuss them with someone from the Blood Bank staff. Most people who feel that they can't give blood because of a medical condition or medication are surprised to find out that they CAN donate safely for local patients.

5. "Do I have enough blood to spare?"
If you are healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds, you have 10-12 pints in your body and can easily spare one pint. You should be able to donate regularly every eight weeks without any problem. The fluids in your body are completely replaced 24 hours after donation.

6. "I'm afraid of getting AIDS through blood donation."
There is no way you can be exposed to the AIDS virus by donating blood. All needles and equipment are pre-packaged, sterile and disposable. The blood bank is under strict regulation and nothing is ever re-used on another donor.

7. "I have low iron blood, can I still donate?"
A sample of your blood is checked before every donation. If your iron is low, we'll ask that you donate at a later date. Most of the time, low iron is only temporary. We will provide you with an "iron rich foods list" that will help to boost your iron to strong levels.

8. "I heard that it hurts. What can I do to be best prepared to donate?"
Most donors say that they barely felt anything and they describe blood donation as a slight pinch on the inside of your arm. Eating a good meal and hydrating yourself with caffeine-free drinks helps to make sure that your donation experience is a positive one.

9. "Will I feel weak for the rest of the day?"
Your body will begin to replace the blood that you donated immediately. After some cookies and juice, most people resume their regular activities after donating.

10. "I'm too busy to donate."
We understand that you are extremely busy. 1 out of 5 people who enter a hospital will need a blood transfusion. Blood donation is the act of giving life. Although the whole process can take up to an hour of your time, it can provide an entire lifetime for a local patient.

11. Who Can Donate Blood, and How? What should I do after donating blood?
It is recommended you: " Increase your fluid intake for the next 24 to 48 hours. " Avoid strenuous physical exertion, heavy lifting or pulling with the donation arm for about five hours. " Eat well balanced meals for the next 24 hours. " People seldom experience discomfort after donating. However, if you feel light-headed, lie down until the feeling passes. " If some bleeding occurs after removal of the bandage, apply pressure to the site and raise your arm for three to five minutes. " If bruising or bleeding appears under the skin, apply a cold pack periodically to the bruised area during the first 24 hours, then warm, moist heat intermittently.

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