On behalf of the million patients each year who need a transfusion or drug derivatives, the French Blood Establishment thank you gesture!

Anyone can donate blood under certain conditions related to the safety of donors and patients. Before each donation, a confidential interview following the filling of a detailed is provided by a doctor of the French Establishment of Blood. You can give blood if you weigh at least fifty kilograms and are aged eighteen to seventy years. Under certain conditions, you must wait to give blood:

* One week after dental scaling such an extraction or a day after the treatment of caries
* One week after the end of antibiotic treatment
* At least two weeks after an infection or a fever over thirty-eight degrees
* Four months after a trip to a country where malaria is prevalent
* Four months after surgery
* Four months after piercing [even ear] or a tattoo
* Four months after sex with a new partner without using a condom
* Six months after childbirth

As a precaution, you can not give blood if you have been transfused, have used drugs intravenously or have stayed more than one year cumulative in the British Isles between 1980 and 1996. You can give blood several times a year, with a minimum interval of eight weeks between donations, which are annual four women and six men. It is strongly recommended not to present fasting for a donation.


Some precautions after donation

The amount of blood taken is appropriate to the volume. Blood drawn [about five hundred milliliters] regenerates in a few hours, subject to a few simple rules for fast recovery:

* Take the necessary rest time in the space of snack
* Drink plenty at the end of the donation and for six hours
* Do not smoke during the two hours that follow donation
* Avoid overheated environments, physical activity or activities important exponent of a fall or a danger for several hours

What will be your gift?

Blood bag, together with small pipettes for analysis and detection of any abnormalities, will be separated into individual components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. These products are then distributed to patients according to their needs and conditions, knowing that the blood can not be stored for more than forty days, and much less for platelets and plasma. RBCs used cases of major bleeding following an accident or surgery, or chronic anemia. Platelets help the treatment of leukemia where chemotherapy treatments destroyed the cells of the patient’s bone marrow. Finally, the plasma is transfused to burn and in case of massive hemorrhage, it is also used for the preparation of drugs including bio-indicated for severe infections, or hemophiliacs.

The different types of gifts

The whole blood donation takes about ten minutes, the nurse takes a pocket about half a liter and sample tubes for conducting biological controls. During a plasma donation, blood drawn through a centrifuge which retains only the plasma and returns to the donor other particles from the blood. It takes more than forty minutes, sampling periods alternating with those of restitution. In the case of donated plasma, platelets, granulocytes or red blood cells, blood is drawn and separated into its various components. Depending on the product taken, the duration of the grant varies from forty to ninety minutes.

Information on blood donation

Sampling equipment is sterile and disposable. The sample is of course done under strict hygienic conditions by specially trained personnel. Sometimes, during or after the last gift, discomfort may occur. Called vasovagal there is a gap between the rhythms of the heart and brain causing a drop in blood pressure, but often easy to identify. After donation, to prevent this type of incident, it remains essential to restore and hydrate. In fact, during your snack, you remain under the supervision of qualified personnel on alert.

Information on blood

Blood is composed of red cells, white cells and platelets bathed in rich plasma proteins. Its multiple functions: transport oxygen and carbon dioxide, to fight against infections and bleeding finally maintain blood pressure. Using a whole blood donation, the separation of different elements can provide patients the only product they need. Labile Blood Products are also used to prepare blood products.