Many people fear donating blood due to lack of information on the exact procedures followed during the process. Some think it’s a tedious process or one meant for the people who are physically strong and muscular. This essay sets out to outline the exact steps followed in blood donation process.
The blood donation process begins by a donor visiting a certain blood transfusion centre. The blood transfusion center can be a clinic, hospital, school, or library. Once there the donor gives out personal details to be registered. The donor can be asked to give a brief history of his or her health life and then a sample of blood taken to ascertain blood status and blood group. For donors with history of blood pressure the doctor may undertake blood pressure evaluation (Coperman, 2009).
Once donor’s blood is tested the doctor shows one a bed to lie on in a relaxed manner and introduces a needle in the arm of the donor. Only a very minor sharp pain is experienced. The needle is connected to a certain blood reservoir. The doctor may give one something to hold and press from time to time in ones hand to easier blood flow. A healthy human being has about five litres of blood and only about half litre of blood is collected from a person (Coperman, 2009).
The blood transfusion process is time effective as it takes less than ten minutes and one is done. After blood donation one may take five minute of rest and in most cases doctors gives one a certain beverage or snack to restore energy (Coperman, 2009).
In summary blood donation is a very easy and worthy process. It can emerge that the blood one donates may end up saving one’s own life, probably after an accident or the life of one’s closest friend or family member. Therefore, it is advisable for everyone to take the few minutes visit to the nearby hospital or clinic or health centre and give out blood to save a life (Coperman, 2009).
Copeman, J. (2009). Veins of devotion: blood donation and religious experience in North India. Rutgers University Press