Donating blood is safe and simple. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the blood donation process. Any healthy adult between 18 years and 60 years of age can donate blood. This is what you can expect when you are ready to donate blood :-
Blood type is determined by which antibodies and antigens the person's blood produces. An individual has two types of blood groups namely ABO-grouping and Rh-grouping. Rh is called as the Rhesus factor that has come to us from Rhesus monkeys.
Most humans are in the ABO blood group. The ABO group has four categories namely :-
1) A group 2) B group 3) O group and 4) AB group
In the Rh- group, either the individual is said to be Rh- Negative or Rh- Positive.
Thus blood group of any human being will mainly fall in any one of the following groups.
The most common blood type is O, followed by type A.
Type O individuals are often called "universal donors" since their blood can be transfused into persons with any blood type. Those with type AB blood are called "universal recipients" because they can receive blood of any type.
However, since approximately twice as many people in the general population have O and A blood types, a blood bank's need for this type of blood increases exponentially.
A healthy diet helps ensure a successful blood donation, and also makes you feel better! Check out the following recommended foods to eat prior to your donation. :-
A blood bank is a place designed especially for the storage of blood and blood products. Large coolers hold these products at a constant temperature and they are available at a moment's notice.