Why should I give blood? | Blood Donation in Estepona

Christmas Blood Donation Campaign in Estepona

A mobile unit from the Regional Centre for Blood Transfusions and the Sectorial Tissue Bank in Malaga visits Estepona again to carry out the usual blood and plasma donation campaign. It will be on 10, 11 and 12 December,from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00in theParish of Los Remedios. And on the 13th at the Parroquia del Carmen at the same time.

The blood type that is 0 negative is usually the most requested since, in addition to being the universal donor, it is the one that tends to be the least abundant.

Why should we give blood?

As we all know, blood cannot be manufactured and is tremendously important for healthcare, operations and emergencies. Besides, this may not be common knowledge, blood expires.

Blood is the most valuable gift we can offer another person: the gift of life. The decision to donate blood can save a life, or even several lives if the blood is separated into components – red blood cells, platelets, and plasma – which can be used individually for patients with specific diseases.

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How to prepare to donate blood

There are a number of recommendations to be followed before the donation is made:

  • Don’t fast
  • Try to make the previous meal low in fat
  • At least not having smoked one hour of the donation
  • Get a good night’s rest

Who can donate blood

Not everyone can donate blood, as we have to meet a number of requirements.

  • Being between 18 and 65 years old
  • Minimum weight: 50kg
  • You cannot donate when you have a cold, flu, sore throat, mouth sores, gastric infection or any other infection.
  • After having a tattoo or a piercing you cannot donate for 6 months
  • You should not donate blood if you do not have the minimum haemoglobinaemia required for donation: no less than 12.0 g/dl for women and 13.0 g/dl for men. The test will be done at the donation center on the spot.
  • People with HIV cannot donate
  • Neither can women who are breastfeeding

If you have a special case or doubts about your condition, we recommend that you ask and tell the medical professionals before you donate.

What is plasma?

Plasma is a clear, slightly yellowish liquid that accounts for 55% of total blood volume.

In plasma, blood cells are suspended: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Of the 5 liters of blood that a person of 70 kilos has on average, about 3 liters are plasma.

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