21: Does a donor need to rest after donating blood?
Yes. the donor needs rest, preferably lying down, so that the amount of blood that has been donated soon gets poured into the circulation from the body pools in a natural way. the donor should take it easy for about 15 - 20 minutes.
22: Can a donor work after donating blood?
Of course! routine work is absolutely fine after the initial rest. rigorous physical work should be avoided for a few hours.
23: What special diet should a donor follow after giving blood?
After resting for a while a donor is given some liquid (fluid) to take. it may be a cup of coffee or milk or fruits juice alongwith a few biscuits or fruit. the donor needs no other special diet. a routine balanced diet is adequate. the donor's blood gets replenished within 24 - 48 hours.
24: How long will it take for the body to replenish the blood?
The body replaces blood volume or plasma within 24 hours. red cells need about four to eight weeks for complete replacement.
25: How frequently a donor can donate blood?
Three months time between donations is a very safe interval.
26: Do any diseases debar a donor from giving blood?
Yes, if the donor has suffered from any of the under-mentioned diseases: -
fever: he should not have suffered from fever for the past 15 days.
jaundice: a donor should not have his blood tested positive for australia antigen.
blood transmitted diseases: like syphilis, malaria, filaria etc. debar a donor from donating blood till he is treated and is free from them.
drugs: if a donor is taking drugs like aspirin, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetics, hormones, corticosteroids etc., he is unfit to donate blood.
aids. no person having hiv positive can be allowed to donate blood.
27: Are there any other benefits of blood donation?
Yes, blood donation is a noble, selfless service! it gives the donor a feeling of joy and contentment. also this is an expression of love for mankind, as blood knows no caste, colour, creed, religion or race, country, continent or sex.