Indonesia Red Cross outlines several prerequisites for blood donation

Indonesia Red Cross outlines several prerequisites for blood donation

Illustration of blood donation. (Pixabay)

This is because it would affect the quality of blood that will be taken
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Blood donors should fulfill several criteria, including normal hemoglobin level and ensure adequate sleep, according to head of the Blood Donor Unit of Indonesia Central Red Cross Dr Linda Lukitari Waseso.

"Potential donors have to be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 45 kg, be in good health, not have comorbidities, and not be menstruating or pregnant," Waseso said as quoted on Friday.

Blood donors should also have a hemoglobin or Hb level of 12 gr/dl for women and 13 gr/dl for men, she noted.

Waseso advised potential donors to get their Hb levels, blood pressure, and general health condition routinely checked.

"Those with low Hb suffer from anemia, which we will never accept as a blood donor since it would cause them dizziness and tiredness," she elaborated.

In addition, potential donors are suggested to stay amply hydrated, consume nutritious foods, and reduce intake of fatty foods.

"This is because it would affect the quality of blood that will be taken. Yellowish-white color tends to come from the fats that we consume," she noted.

Another important condition is to ensure adequate sleep since otherwise it would cause tiredness and affect the blood pressure readings.

Waseso called on potential donors to get sufficient sleep of about seven to eight hours before they donate blood.

Vegetarians too can donate blood as long as the other conditions are met, including having normal levels of hemoglobin, blood pressure, and weight.

Donating blood has numerous benefits, such as smoothing the flow of blood, increasing the production of red blood cells that lead to a healthier body, and the mental as well as psychological satisfaction that comes from helping others.

"There will definitely be a sense of happiness from helping others since one bag of blood can help two to three people," Waseso stated.

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