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Blood donation

It is still not possible to produce blood artificially. Therefore, the need for sick or injured people must be covered by voluntary blood donations. Donate blood - you too could one day be dependent on it!

HOW DOES DONATING BLOOD WORK?

People who donate blood for the first time often have questions. How does donating blood work? Can I donate at all? And how does a blood donation work? Here you will find the most important information.

Who can donate blood?

In principle, all healthy people between 18 and 65 years of age who weigh over 50 kg can donate blood. The maximum age for the first blood donation is 60 years.

How long does a blood donation take?

The donation itself takes about 10 minutes. After the donation you should rest on the couch for a few minutes. You should allow about 45 minutes for all steps of the blood donation, including the questionnaire and interview in advance, as well as the subsequent strengthening. As a first-time donor, you should allow about one hour for the preliminary clarification with the medical staff.

How much blood is donated?

As a rule, 450 millilitres of blood are collected. This corresponds to approximately 10 percent of the total volume.

PROTECTION OF BLOOD DONORS

To protect blood donors, there is a minimum weight and an age limit.  In addition, women should not donate blood more than three times a year and men no more than four times a year. Further medical examinations on site and a questionnaire ensure that a blood sample can be taken.

PROTECTION OF PATIENTS

In addition, there are temporary or unlimited exclusion criteria to protect patients. These include, for example, the taking of certain drugs, medical interventions, new piercings or tattoos as well as recent malaise (fever, cold, stomach/intestinal disorders).

SAFETY FOR DONORS

In most cases the blood donation is tolerated without any problems. In rare cases, however, it must be advised against - to protect the donor's health. The questionnaire and the information sheet help to clarify such questions. Equally important is a personal interview with a healthcare professional, where pulse, blood pressure and haemoglobin (blood pigment value) are checked at the same time.

 The blood donation itself is also monitored by an experienced medical professional. Sterile, disposable materials are used so that no one can contract a dangerous disease while donating blood.

A small amount of blood, which is taken before the actual donation, together with the information about blood pressure and pulse, provides reliable information about the health of the donor. If the values are insufficient, donation is not recommended.

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The spaghettata

Together with an excellent plate of spaghetti like Naples or Bolognese, a small glass of wine or simply mineral water is served. At the end of the evening, a good Italian coffee and a bottle of wine are offered to each donor.
Come along and come and visit us with your friends! Do good to yourself and your neighbor. Your AVIS team.

Info from www.blutspende.ch