Why do sickle cell person need blood transfusion?
Blood transfusion lowers the amount of hemoglobin S red blood cells in sickle cell patients and also increases the number of normal red blood cells making them less susceptible to blocked blood vessels and hence increasing the flow of oxygen in the body.
Blood transfusion helps treat sudden or short term condition related to sickle cell disease such as anaemia.
Helps treat / prevent severe complications of sickle cell disorder, such as wound ulcers, chronic anaemia, acute chest syndrome e.t.c.
Helps lower the risk of stroke in infants and children.
Health Benefits of Donating Blood to the Donor
Blood donation not only makes the receivers life good but also helps the donor to maintain good health.
Health benefits include good health and reduced risk of cancer and hemochromatosis (too much iron in the blood). It helps in reducing the risk of damage to liver and pancreas. Donating blood may help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity. It also stimulates blood cell production. After donating blood, the body works to replenish the blood loss. This stimulates the production of new blood cells and in turn, helps in maintaining good health.
How much Blood do you Donate?
You can donate one unit or 350 ml of blood every 8 weeks. Organizations such as American Red Cross organize donation camps where one can participate and donate blood. You can also donate blood at any hospital.
How old do you have to be to Donate Blood?
Donors age must be between 18-65 years and their weight should be more than 45 kgs to be able to donate blood. Any healthy person can donate blood after the required gap of 56 days. This wait time helps to replenish the blood levels in the donors body.
Blood donors also have the opportunity to be tested for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis and also get to know their Genotype.