What happens to your blood after donation?
- A pint of blood is drawn from the voulnteer donor
- the blood is collected in a sterile bag and labelled
- units are transported to the neartes SANBS testing and processing lab
- in the processing laboratory, blood is spun down in a centrifuge and then seperated in to its different components (plasma which contains speical proteins and clotting factor, Red Blood Cells which contain hemoglobin a protein that carries oxygen, and Platelets which are crucial in helping blood clot)
- Blood is tested to ensure that it is safe for transfusion
- Local hospitals place orders with SNABS for blood products based on their needs
- Blood products are stored prior to transfusion. The shelf of life of blood is limitied
- Platelets expire in five days
- Red Blood Cells expire in fourty-two days
- Plasma has a two year shelf life from the day of collection.
How much blood does it take to save a life?
Why is it so important to donate?
Donating one pint of blood can save three lives, donating can be benefical to people all over the world and to all kinds of different people, young, old, male, female, infant or toddler everyone at some point in their life could be in need of a blood transfusion and that can only be possible if we have poeple willing to donate.As you have seen a big source of blood is needed for surgeries and injuries, without donation we wont have the excessive amount of blood we have now so be a hero today and start donating to your local blood bank all it takes is a simple phone call and an hour of your day to save three lives
Cancert treatment- 8 units a week
Coronary artery bypass- 1 to 5 units
Auto accidents/GSW- 50 units
Liver transplant- 100 units
Other organ transplants- 10 units
Brain surgery- 4 to 10 units
fractured hip/joint replacement- 2 to 5 units