Date : Saturday, 15 Dec., 2018
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State Of Art Blood Bank, Department of Transfusion Medicine needs at least 300 blood donors every day to meet the transfusion needs of patients at Gandhi Memorial Hospitals and other private and Government Hospitals in State. There is no substitute for blood. Only blood donors can help maintain an adequate supply of blood to save the lives of those who need it. When you donate blood, you give a second chance at life to someone unknown to you.  
One does not know who will need blood transfusion tomorrow, it could be you or your friend or dear one. Less than 1% of the eligible Indian population donates blood every year this is far less than average rate of 5% in the Western world. When you donate blood, you become part of an exceptional group that is dedicated to alleviate the human suffering.
Blood donation timings at Department of Transfusion Medicine, KGMU, Lucknow
Replacement donations take place all 24 hours.
Voluntary donation in the daytime.
Advance Voluntary donation : Monday to Saturday  from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Who can donate blood?
A blood donor must 
  • Be in good general health
  • Be aged 18 years or older but less than 65 years
  • Weigh at least 50 Kg.
  • Have a hemoglobin level of 12.5 g/dl
  • Not have donated blood in the last 12 weeks.
Who can not donate blood?
Persons who either currently have or have had one of the following in the past are not eligible to donate blood.
  • Cancer
  • Abnormal bleeding tendency
  • AIDS or symptoms of AIDS such as unexplained weight loss, night sweats,  swollen glands, long standing diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Hepatitis B or C (past history of Jaundice)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, AIDS
In order to maintain blood safety, the following groups of persons must refrain from donating blood
  • Men and women who have a positive test for HIV
  • Men and women have had sex with multiple partners
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Men and women who have injected themselves with intoxicating drugs
Blood donation procedure
Blood donation  is a simple procedure. It consists of 5 steps.
  1. Registration: Your personal details such as name, age, address etc will be recorded and you will be a given a questionnaire to assess your present and past health status. 
  2. Medical Examination: A doctor will ask you certain questions about your medical history to ascertain that you are fit to donate blood and examine you. Your weight, blood pressure and pulse will be recorded. Only fit and healthy individuals are accepted as donors.
  3. Hemoglobin test: Your blood hemoglobin level will be checked to ensure that you are not suffering from anemia and can safely donate a unit of blood. 
  4. Donation of blood: Your blood will be withdrawn with the help of a sterile and disposable kit after cleaning your arm with an antiseptic solution. All together, the process takes only 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Refreshment: After donation of blood, you will be advised to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before you resume your routine activities. During this period, you will be served with some light refreshments.

    See. How simple the entire process is!
What if you want to organize a voluntary blood donation camp?
To organize a blood donation camp, please contact the Department of Transfusion Medicine, KGMU, UP , Lko with an official letter requesting for organization of camp.

You need to be aware of the place where you want the camp to be conducted ( as an outdoor camp or in the Department itself ), the number of expected donors , date and time. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. 1 Is there any danger in donating blood?
Ans. There is virtually no danger. Only sterile and disposable needles are used to collect blood. There is absolutely no chance of catching any infectious disease by donating blood. 
Q. 2 Should I purchase blood?
Ans. No. It is not safe to buy blood from commercial blood banks. These blood banks usually collect blood from professional blood donors who may be in poor health. Also, such commercial banks may not always follow all the standard procedures for safe blood transfusion.
Q. 3 How often can I donate blood?
Ans. It is safe to donate blood every three months.
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