#Health … The Importance of Blood Donation

I am ashamed to admit that I personally never really gave blood donation much thought until I started my nursing training and I was observing a nurse administering a unit of blood to a patient. I started thinking to myself about where the blood had came from and if the person who donated realised how thankful the family were to them for essentially keeping their child alive.

Since qualifying as a nurse 12 years ago I have lost count of the amount of blood transfusions I have given to patients and witnessing first hand how vital each donation is.


Before I completed my training I plucked up the courage to go and donate my 1st pint of blood. I was terrifed of the needles used (they are quite big) but the nurses and assistants at the session were lovely and really helped me to relax and take my mind off it.


It literally takes around 5-8 mins from when the needle goes in to completion. You are there for around 30 mins all in as you fill in some paperwork to start and then the nurse will check your iron levels to make sure you are well enough to donate. This is done via a simple fingerprick test. They then run though a series of health questions and once you are given the go ahead to donate off you go!


Its really as easy as that. I have since been back countless times to donate although I did have to take a break after having my tattoo’s done. You are not allowed to donate for 12 months after having one.


As i mentioned in previously in my Recovering from a Liver Resection post I was recently given a blood transfusion after my surgery and I am eternally grateful to whoever took those 30 mins out of their day to donate.


Unfortunatly because I have now received a blood transfusion this now makes me unable to donate again. This essentially is the reason behind this post. You never know when you will find yourself in the position of needing a transfusion so please please consider popping along to your local blood donor centre and using 30 mins of your day to help someone in need.


If you are in Scotland you can find out more details by clicking Scotblood Website where all session times are listed and they also have mobile donation units.


One of the great things about donating blood is that you will also find out your blood group. Many people do not know theirs. Once you know this you can keep an eye on the Current Blood Stock Levels to find out if your blood group is urgently needed.


Have you ever donated blood? Would you consider it now after reading this post?

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