Blood Services

Q. Is it safe for me to donate blood?
Answer. Yes, It is safe.
Skin is cleaned with pyodine and methylated spirit.
Needle and bay are sterile. Used only for you. Needle is broken after use.
PRCS staff is trained and experienced.
Q. Will I become weak?
Answer. There is no permanent weakness after blood donation. Blood volume taken is made up in 24-36 hours, white cells in 5 days and red cells in 21 days. You can safely donate again after 3-4 months.
Q. How much blood can I donate?
Answer. Blood volume taken is 350 ml. This can be spared easily as it is less than 1/10 of total blood
volume i.e 5000 to 6000 ml.
a. You have 80 ml/kg blood volume,
b. Daily use 50 ml/kg.
c. Reserve 30 ml/kg.
d. Donated volume 7 ml/kg.
e. One unit of blood = donated volume x minimum body weight.
f. 350 ml = 7 ml/kg X 50 kg
Q.Can I catch any disease by donating blood?
Answer. No, as all equipment used is sterile and used only once___ FOR U!
Q. What do I have to do to donate blood?
Answer. You must be 17 years to 65 years old.
a. Your weight must be at least 50 kg or more.
b. You should be in good health, with no history of Jaundice or any other serious illness in the last 6 years.
c. Drink 3-4 glasses of water 2 hours before donation and have a light meal.
Q. When can I donate blood again?
Answer. Men after 3 months and women after 4 months.
Q. What should I do after blood donation?
Answer. The following steps are advised :-
• Drink at least one glass of water every 30 minutes For 2 hours. (4 glasses).
• Avoid heavy exercise including weight lifting and gym.
• Rest, ifyou feel tired.
• If you are dizzy, lay down with feet raised on a pillow.
• You can return to work aHer blood donation,
• Remember to hike iron and folic acid tablets every day for one month.
Q. Who will benefit from my blood donation?
Answer. The twin city hospitals need 2,50,000 units of blood/year. Your single donation of blood can save two lives. Blood is given to all the hospitals of Islamabad & Rawalpindi for the treatment of:-
a. Thallasiemia, Hemophilia. Anemia,
b. Cancer, Kidney failure, dialysis, liver failure in Hepatitis C.
c. Operations, child birth, caesarian. By pass, SURGERY, fractures and heavy bleeding in emergencies and read traffic accidents.
Q. After donation, what will happen to my blood?
Answer. One unit of blood saves two lives. All collected blood is :-
• Grouped (A, B, O, AB Rhesus Pos / Neg)
•Screened for Hepatitis B, C & HIV/1-2.
• Preparation of packed red blood cells and plasma from one blood bag.
• Stored in special refrigerator and freezer at controlled temperature.
• Issued to the poor and needy.
Q. Does Pakistan Red Crescent charge for blood services?
Answer. PRCS is not supported by funding from Govt or International Aid Agencies. A certain amount of cost is incurred in the collection, testing and preparation of blood components, which needs to be recovered for the sustainability of PRCS blood services. Blood is free and charges are taken for replacement of blood bag and testing of Hepatitis B, C & HIV. Blood is provided: -
a. Free to Zakat deserving.
b. At Rs. 100, Rs. 200, Rs. 300, Rs. 500 and Rs. 700 according to the financial status of the patient
and place of treatment.
Q. What is the procedure for getting blood?
Answer. A. Blood is provided on need basis without discrimination. You are required to provide the following :-
a. Genuine request form from blood bank of hospital where patient is admitted.
b. Valid zakat certificate for free blood.
c. Cooler for transport of blood.
d. Charges.
e. You may be required to provide a donor during blood shortage in summer and Ramazan.