Know more about facts related to Blood and blood donation
|More about blood|
|Blood accounts for 7% of the human body
weight, with an average density of approximately 1060 kg/m3, very
close to pure water's density of 1000 kg/m3.The average adult has
a blood volume of roughly 5 liters (1.3 gal) which is composed of
plasma and several kinds of cells. These blood cells (which are
also called corpuscles or "formed elements") consist of
erythrocytes (red blood cells, RBCs), leukocytes (white blood
cells), and thrombocytes (platelets). By volume, the red blood
cells constitute about 45% of whole blood, the plasma about
54.3%, and white cells about 0.7%.
Blood type (also called a blood group) is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). These antigens may be proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, or glycolipids, depending on the blood group system. Some of these antigens are also present on the surface of other types of cells of various tissues. Several of these red blood cell surface antigens can stem from one allele (or very closely linked genes) and collectively form a blood group system.Blood types are inherited and represent contributions from both parents. A total of 32 human blood group systems are now recognized by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).The two most important ones are ABO and the RhD antigen; they determine someone's blood type (A, B, AB and O, with + and - denoting RhD status).
|A blood donation occurs when a person
voluntarily has blood drawn and used for transfusions and/or made
into biopharmaceutical medications by a process called
fractionation (separation of whole-blood components). Donation
may be of whole-blood (WB), or of specific components directly
(the latter called apheresis). Blood banks often participate in
the collection process as well as the procedures that follow it.
In the developed world, most blood donors are unpaid volunteers (voluntary non remunerated repeat donations, VNRD) who donate blood for a community supply.
The donor is also examined and asked specific questions about their medical history to make sure that donating blood is not hazardous to their health. The donor's hematocrit or hemoglobin level is tested to make sure that the loss of blood will not make them anemic, and this check is the most common reason that a donor is ineligible.Pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature are also evaluated. Elderly donors are sometimes also deferred on age alone because of health concerns
A person whose age is at least 17 years, weight more than 45 kilograms and is not suffering from any major diseases can be a blood donor.
|Red blood cell compatibility|
|Blood group AB
individuals have both A and B antigens on the surface of their
RBCs, and their blood plasma does not contain any antibodies
against either A or B antigen. Therefore, an individual with type
AB blood can receive blood from any group (with AB being
preferable), but cannot donate blood to either A or B group. They
are known as universal recipients.
Blood group A individuals have the A antigen on the surface of their RBCs, and blood serum containing IgM antibodies against the B antigen. Therefore, a group A individual can receive blood only from individuals of groups A or O (with A being preferable), and can donate blood to individuals with type A or AB.
Blood group B individuals have the B antigen on the surface of their RBCs, and blood serum containing IgM antibodies against the A antigen. Therefore, a group B individual can receive blood only from individuals of groups B or O (with B being preferable), and can donate blood to individuals with type B or AB.
Blood group O (or blood group zero in some countries) individuals do not have either A or B antigens on the surface of their RBCs, and their blood serum contains IgM anti-A and anti-B antibodies against the A and B blood group antigens. Therefore, a group O individual can receive blood only from a group O individual, but can donate blood to individuals of any ABO blood group (i.e., A, B, O or AB). If a patient in a hospital situation were to need a blood transfusion in an emergency, and if the time taken to process the recipient's blood would cause a detrimental delay, O Negative blood can be issued. They are known as universal donors.