Department of Transfusion Medicine
Blood Donation Services
    Blood donation is of two types: Whole blood donation and Donor apheresis

    Whole Blood Donation

    Why you should donate
    Timings for Donation
    Who can donate blood?
    Who can not donate blood?
    Procedure for blood donation
    How to organize a voluntary blood donation camp?
    FAQs about blood donation
     

    Why should you donate blood?

    Blood center at SGPGIMS needs at least 100 blood donors every day to meet the transfusion needs of patients at this hospital and of those at some other major hospitals in Lucknow. With increase in population and development of more advanced medical and surgical procedures, the need for blood is ever increasing. There is no substitute for blood. Only blood donors can help maintain an adequate supply of blood to save the lives of those who need it. When you donate blood, you give a second chance at life to someone unknown to you. One does not know who will need blood transfusion tomorrow, it could be you or your friend or dear one. Less than 1% of the eligible Indian population donates blood every year this is far less than average rate of 5% in the Western world.  When you donate blood, you become part of an exceptional group that is dedicated to alleviate the human suffering.

    There are number of ways you can support the blood center’s commitment to saving lives. You can donate blood yourself and get the thrilling experience of saving someone’s life, or relate your experience to your friends / colleagues and motivate them to become regular blood donors like yourself. You can also organize a blood donation camp, either in the center itself or in the city. 

    You are only a few steps away from saving a life. Donate blood today
     

    Blood donation timings at SGPGIMS, Lucknow
     
    Monday – Friday 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM
    Saturday 9.30 AM to 1.00 PM
    Sundays and official holidays Closed

    Who can donate blood?

    A blood donor must 
         be in good general health
         be aged 18 years or older but less than 60 years
         weigh at least 45 Kg
         have a hemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dl
         not have donated blood in the last 12 weeks.
     

    Who can not donate blood?

    Persons who either currently have or have had one of the following in the past are not eligible to donate blood.
         Cancer
         Abnormal bleeding tendency
         AIDS or symptoms of AIDS such as unexplained weight loss, night sweats,  swollen glands, long standing diarrhea
         Seizures
         Hepatitis B or C (past history of Jaundice)
         Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, AIDS

    In order to maintain blood safety, the following groups of persons must refrain from donating blood
         Men and women who have a positive test for HIV
         Men and women have had sex with multiple partners
         Men who have sex with men
         Men and women who have injected themselves with intoxicating drugs
     

    Blood donation procedure

    Blood donation  is a simple procedure. It consists of 5 steps.
    1. Registration: Your personal details such as name, age, address etc will be recorded and you will be a given a questionnaire to assess your present and past health status. 
    2. Medical Examination: A doctor will ask you certain questions about your medical history to ascertain that you are fit to donate blood and examine you. Your weight, blood pressure and pulse will be recorded. Only fit and healthy individuals are accepted as donors.
    3. Hemoglobin test: Your blood hemoglobin level will be checked to ensure that you are not suffering from anemia and can safely donate a unit of blood. 
    4. Donation of blood: Your blood will be withdrawn with the help of a sterile and disposable kit after cleaning your arm with an antiseptic solution. All together, the process takes only 5 to 7 minutes.
    5. Refreshment: After donation of blood, you will be advised to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before you resume your routine activities. During this period, you will be served with some light refreshments. 

    See. How simple the entire process is!
     

    What if you want to organize a voluntary blood donation camp?

    To organize a blood donation camp, please contact the Head, Department of Transfusion Medicine, SGPGI with an official letter requesting for organization of camp. You will need to arrange one big hall and two small rooms with toilet facilities. If separate rooms are not available, one big hall may be converted into three separate sections using curtains. You will also need to arrange for cots with mattresses and pillows to serve as beds for donors. Their number will depend on the number of expected donors, with approximately 4 beds for every 50 donors. We will take care of the rest of the details. 
     

    FAQs about blood donation 

    Is there any danger in donating blood?
    There is virtually no danger. Only sterile and disposable needles are used to collect blood. There is absolutely no chance of catching any infectious disease by donating blood. 

    Should I purchase blood?
    No. It is not safe to buy blood from commercial blood banks. These blood banks usually collect blood from professional blood donors who may be in poor health. Also, such commercial banks may not always follow all the standard procedures for safe blood transfusion.

    How often can I donate blood?
    It is safe to donate blood every three months.
     
     

    Donor Apheresis

    What is Apheresis
    Advantages of Apheresis
    How I can become an Apheresis donor

    What is apheresis?

    Blood has several components, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Donor apheresis is a special type of blood donation in which a specific component, viz. platelets, granulocytes (white cells) plasma or plasma is withdrawn from the donor using a special equipment called as cell separator; the remaining components are returned to the donor's blood circulation. This procedure takes about 90 minutes during which time the donor is constantly monitored by trained medical personnel. 
     

    What is the advantage of Apheresis?

    Platelet concentrate prepared from one unit of whole blood contains very few platelets. Six to ten such whole-blood derived platelets would be required to supply enough platelets for one patient. However, platelets donated during  one apheresis session by one donor are sufficient for one transfusion, thus reducing the chance of transfusion transmitted infections. Patients with cancer or leukemia or patients with blood disorders benefit immensely from such plateletapheresis.

    The donor benefits too since there is no loss of red cells. One can donate apheresis components more frequently than whole blood donation.
     

    How Can I Become An Apheresis Donor?

    Any healthy person who meets the criteria for whole blood donation is eligible for apheresis donation. Please contact the Blood Center Complex, SGPGIMS, Lucknow for further information.

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