Blood Donation Services
Blood center at SGPGIMS needs at least 100 blood donors every day to meet the transfusion needs of patients at this hospital and of those at some other major hospitals in Lucknow. With increase in population and development of more advanced medical and surgical procedures, the need for blood is ever increasing. 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.
There are number of ways you can support the blood center’s commitment to saving lives. You can donate blood yourself and get the thrilling experience of saving someone’s life, or relate your experience to your friends / colleagues and motivate them to become regular blood donors like yourself. You can also organize a blood donation camp, either in the center itself or in the city.
You are only a few steps away from saving a life.
Donate blood today
A blood donor must
Persons who either currently have or have had
one of the following in the past are not eligible to donate blood.
In order to maintain blood safety, the following
groups of persons must refrain from donating blood
Blood donation is a simple procedure. It
consists of 5 steps.
See. How simple the entire process is!
To organize a blood donation camp, please contact
the Head, Department of Transfusion Medicine, SGPGI with an official letter
requesting for organization of camp. You will need to arrange one big hall
and two small rooms with toilet facilities. If separate rooms are not available,
one big hall may be converted into three separate sections using curtains.
You will also need to arrange for cots with mattresses and pillows to serve
as beds for donors. Their number will depend on the number of expected
donors, with approximately 4 beds for every 50 donors. We will take care
of the rest of the details.
Is there any danger in donating blood?
Should I purchase blood?
How often can I donate blood?
Blood has several components, including red blood
cells, platelets and plasma. Donor apheresis is a special type of blood
donation in which a specific component, viz. platelets, granulocytes (white
cells) plasma or plasma is withdrawn from the donor using a special equipment
called as cell separator; the remaining components are returned to the
donor's blood circulation. This procedure takes about 90 minutes during
which time the donor is constantly monitored by trained medical personnel.
Platelet concentrate prepared from one unit of whole blood contains very few platelets. Six to ten such whole-blood derived platelets would be required to supply enough platelets for one patient. However, platelets donated during one apheresis session by one donor are sufficient for one transfusion, thus reducing the chance of transfusion transmitted infections. Patients with cancer or leukemia or patients with blood disorders benefit immensely from such plateletapheresis.
The donor benefits too since there is no loss
of red cells. One can donate apheresis components more frequently than
whole blood donation.
Any healthy person who meets the criteria for whole blood donation is eligible for apheresis donation. Please contact the Blood Center Complex, SGPGIMS, Lucknow for further information.