7 Common Blood Donation Myths Busted

Blood donation is something that we all want to do but never get around actually doing it either due to fear or the number of myths surrounding it. Today we’ll bust 7 such common myths and present the corresponding facts regarding them.

Myth 1: Blood type is common so no need to donate

Fact: There is a constant demand of all blood groups. Major surgeries, trauma etc require large amounts of blood. If your blood group is common, it means that there would be more number of people in need of your blood type.

Myth 2: Donating blood leads to increase in body weight

Fact: Although there is no direct correlation between the two, it just so happens that some donors eat more than usual after donating, which may lead to an increase in body weight. So stick to your healthy meals and you’ll be fine.

Myth 3: Blood deficit after blood donation

Fact: This is probably the most common myth associated with blood donation. In fact blood volume returns to normal levels within 2 days after blood donation. A healthy individual with good eating habits can donate blood up to four times a year with a gap of three months in between.

Myth 4:  Too old to donate

Fact: There is no upper age limit to blood donation, as long as a donor passes the prior medical examination, he/she is good to go.

Myth 5: Suffering from high blood pressure thus can’t donate

Fact: As long the blood pressure is below 180 systolic and 100 diastolic at the time of your donation, you may give blood.

Myth 6:  Suffering from diabetes thus can’t donate

Fact:  If you are on oral medication for diabetes and are not insulin-dependent, you are a good candidate to donate blood. It is still however recommended that you consult your doctor before donating.

Myth 7:  Donating blood can expose donor to various infections

Fact: If you make sure that new needles are being used and sterilization is maintained during the process, there are no chances of being exposed to HIV or other such infections.

So there you have it. Blood donation is an extremely important responsibility that every individual in our society must try to fulfill as many lives depend on it, and now that we’ve cleared some of these myths, what’s stopping you from donating?

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Blood Donation Camps

  • Blood Donors Association Nepal (BLODAN) Kathmandu District Chapter organized 7th UNISEF World Heritage Blood Donation Campaign in Bhaktapur on 16th February 2019 (2075 Falgun 4) Saturday. In the program total 38 units of blood was collected in technical support of NRCS, Bhaktapur Blood Transfusion Service. The program organizer presented a mug printed with the image of blood donors as a token of love on the spot. BLODAN Kathmandu Chapter has completed already six UNISEF World Heritage blood donation campaign in Bouddha Nath Stupa, Swayambhu Nath, Changu Narayan Temple, Pashupati Nath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and concluding in Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha on 2nd March 2019.

    BLODAN Kathmandu thanked to all voluntary blood donors and supporters.

  • An emergency blood donation camp was organised by Rotaract District Nepal and Children for Green New Nepal on 12th Oct 2014 at Mangalbazar. The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mahatma Chameli Baiji, Lata Baiji from Nepal Manav Dharma Sewa Samiti  and Mrs. Mahendra Bilash Joshi, president of Blood Donors Association. About 49 pints of blood was collected during the event.

    Usually, there is acute shortage of blood in the blood bank during Dashain Tihar holidays when majority of the people are not available in the valley. To overcome such shortage, these kind of emergency blood donation camps plays a very important role to those who are in real need of blood even when there is shortage of blood in the blood bank.