Have you ever wondered what happens once you have donated your blood? Does your donation actually serve its purpose of helping the needy? What are the processes the donated blood goes through before being transfused to another person?
Here’s what actually happens to the blood after it leaves the donating venue.
The donations are sorted and registered and sent to the manufacturing centre where each donation is individually tested to make sure they are free from HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Malaria and so
The bags containing blood are spun in large centrifuge machine in order to separate each donation into its different components: Red Blood Cells, Plasma and Platelets. The blood components are then physically separated from each other using a blood separator and stored in proper environment.
Platelets are stored at room temperature (72°F or 22°C) in agitators that keeps constantly moving. They have a shelf life of about 5-7 days. Red Blood Cells can be stored at about a temperature of 4°C for up to 42 days and are used when required.
These stored bloods are then used for patients who have lost blood from surgeries or injuries or are suffering from a particular kind of cancer or blood disease.
So each time you donate blood it’s split into its component parts: RBC’s, Platelets and Plasma. Hence your one donation can save up to 3 lives. So what are you thinking about? Download the MillionGenie app today and register yourself as a blood donor because one of the best gifts you can give to someone is to help them save their precious life.