7 June 2018

The information and educational medical campaign dedicated to the World Day of Blood Donor is being held in the capital, as the "Minsk-News" agency correspondent was told in the City Center of Transfusiology.

Doctors invite potential donors to blood preparation departments of the City Center of Transfusiology (5, Uraĺskaja Street).

It is necessary to make a preliminary appointment on working days from 8:00 to 15:00 by phone: +375 17 239-59-12 (for plasma and platelet donors), +375 17 239-59-13 (for blood donors).

The medical campaign will last until June 14. In 2018 the World Day of Blood Donor is held under the motto "Think About Others. Hand over the blood. Share your life."

According to the World Health Organization, the country can independently provide its needs in donated blood, if it is handed over from 2 to 6% of the population. In Belarus, the number of donors is approaching 40 per 1,000 inhabitants, which is 4%. In other countries, this indicator varies from 0.4% (Armenia, Tajikistan) to 6.4% (Denmark, Germany), in Russia — 1.5%, in the USA — 6%. Recently, autonomous blood donation is gaining popularity, it is the preparation of your own blood components before a serious planned operation, a course of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Such a service is also provided in the City Center of Transfusiology.

According to transfusiologists, blood donation is a completely harmless and safe procedure, for a healthy person, it is very useful.

Who Can Be Taken As Donor

According to the Law "On the Donation of Blood And Its Components", citizens of the country aged between 18 and 60 who have undergone the medical examination and are not suffering from diseases, in which this procedure is contraindicated, can become a donor. The weight of the donor should not be less than 55 kg, blood pressure — not lower than 100/80 mm Hg.

On registration for blood donation, the donor must have and show the following documents:

— a passport of a citizen of the Republic of Belarus with the presence of a residence permit or registration in a given city or district for at least 6 months;

— a certificate from the district polyclinic about the transferred diseases, injuries, operations, with the result of fluorography of the chest (valid for 1 year), for women, should be a gynecologist's report (examination at least once every 6 months);

— military ticket (for the first time);

— photograph.

About The Procedure Of Blood Donation

The standard volume of one blood donation is 450 ± 50 ml. The donation of whole blood takes no more than 15 minutes, the components of blood (plasma, erythrocyte mass, platelets) — from 30 minutes to one and a half hours. This procedure is completely safe for the person — all donor points are provided with sterile disposable tools that are disposed of after use. Donor blood is preserved and stored in special blood banks for at least 3-4 months, where there is a quarantine and is subjected to analysis.

How To Prepare For Blood And Its Components Donation

— Maintain a healthy lifestyle, observe the rules of personal and public hygiene;

— Avoid accidental sexual intercourse, which can lead to a virus infection with sexually transmitted infections (viral hepatitis B, viral hepatitis C, other viral hepatitis with a parenteral transmission, syphilis, HIV (AIDS));

— Do not make tattoos, piercings, implants, scarring, splitting the tongue or abstaining from fulfilling the donor function for 6 months from the date of the last manipulation;

— Do not come to blood donation if there are indications of a malaise (a runny nose, cough, headache, sore throat, increase or decrease in blood pressure), acute and (or) exacerbation of chronic diseases, while taking medications number with the preventive purpose), and also in a condition of overfatigue (after excessive physical activities, work at night time);

— Do not plan donation just before exams, competitions, during an intensive period of work, before working in hot shops and at night;

— On the eve and on the day of donation, remove fatty, fried, spicy, smoked food, dairy products, eggs, oil, bananas, citrus fruits, nuts from the diet;

— On the morning of the donation day, it is easy to have breakfast (sweet tea, jam, bread, crackers, ring-shaped cracknel, boiled cereals, pasta without water, steamed fish, juices, fruit drinks (fruit juice), fruit juice excluding citrus fruits and bananas)). To go on an empty stomach is not recommended.

Doctors remind that in 10 days before donation you need to refrain from taking antibiotics, for 5 days — salicylates and analgesics, for 2 days — from drinking alcoholic, low alcohol drinks and beer, for 2 hours — from smoking.

Recommendations to Donors after Blood Donation.

— Immediately after giving blood, sit for 30 minutes.

— If you feel dizzy or weak, consult a medical staff.

— Refrain from smoking within an hour after giving blood.

— Do not remove the bandage for 3-4 hours, try not to wet it.

— Avoid excessive physical activity during the day.

— Refrain from drinking alcohol during the day (taking alcohol after giving blood can cause a sharp vascular reaction with severe consequences).

— Try to eat abundantly and eat regularly, drink plenty of fluids and eat more protein food for two days.

— Vaccinations after blood donation are allowed not earlier than in 10 days.

— Immediately after the donation of blood is not recommended to drive a car, a motorcycle (due to emotional excitement, attention is dissipated, which can lead to a traffic accident).