Our Top Myths about Donating Blood
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January is National Blood Donation Month. Check out our top seven myths about donating blood.
Myth: Blood banks can stockpile blood.
Fact: Blood is a living tissue. It is perishable and must be handled with care. Moreover, blood must be stored in special nutrient solutions to maintain its life-saving properties. Nevertheless, each unit of blood can only be stored safely for up to 42 days. Platelets last only five days.
Myth: The best time to donate blood is in times of crisis.
Fact: Having a safe and ample blood supply from donors who give frequently is the best preparation for a crisis – whether it is a catastrophic event like 9/11 or a patient’s private battle against cancer.
Myth: Age is a deterrent to blood donation.
Fact: A person who is fit and healthy, and below age 60 can donate blood.
Myth: When there is a requirement, blood can be manufactured.
Fact: Blood is not something that can be manufactured. It can only come from healthy human beings.
Myth: Giving blood is time consuming.
Fact: The time taken for a single donation session is normally not more than an hour or so. We’ve put together a list places to donate blood in Austin, so you can find a location closer to you. Check it out here.
Myth: Being a vegetarian, means that the blood does not have enough iron and cannot be donated.
Fact: Vegetarians can donate blood. The iron needed is taken from body stores and once a balanced diet is maintained is replaced after donation. This usually normally takes a month or so.
Myth: There is limited blood in the body and it is unhealthy to give some away.
Fact: Only about 350-450ml of blood is taken during a donation session. There is enough blood in the body to donate it without any ill effects. The body makes new blood after donation.
Myth: Giving blood hurts.
Fact: You may be soreness where the needle was inserted. However, this is a reminder of how you helped save a life.
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