is the life-maintaining fluid that circulates through the body's heart,
arteries, veins and capillaries.
carries to the body nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies,
heat, and oxygen
carries away from the body waste matter and carbon dioxide.
fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy.
makes up about 7% of your body's weight.
newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his or her body.
blood cells are the body's primary defence against infection.
a type of white blood cell, roll along blood vessel walls to search and destroy
blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissues.
are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.
blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
platelets help clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance
- Have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood.
- Accept the snacks offered to you after the donation, it is vital that you have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later.
- Avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.
- You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.
- "I will feel drained and tired after donating" - You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.
- "I cannot resume normal activities" - You can resume all your normal activities, though you're asked to refrain.
- "I will have low blood" - If you are okayed to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.
- "I can't take alcohol..." - You can on the next day.
- "It will be painful while donating" - No, you will not feel any pain.
- "I will feel dizzy and may faint" - You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.
- "I may get AIDS!" - No! Make sure disposable syringes are used and all measures are taken to keep you germ free.
- "My blood is common. I don't think there will be demand for it" - That is why the demand for your type is greater than for rare types.