Tips for first time platelet donar

Wednesday, 19/10/2016

When donating for the first time its common to hear these words “Lie down, sleeves up and be a hero, save someone’s life”. Every three seconds a patient needs platelet. A single platelet donation can be helpful to three adults and six children. There are certain rules and procedures for a first time donor.
●The donor must be at least 17 years old. In some countries a 16-year-old can donate under parent’s approval.
●The minimum weight should be 46 kg (100 lbs).
●Be in a state of good health and should feel good.
The tips for first time platelet donor can be categorised into three categories:
1.Before donation
2.During donation
3.After donation


Platelet donation is a 90-minute process, that includes taking blood from donor, separating platelets from blood and returning back the blood to the donor.
Platelet donation may take about 2 hours also in some cases. The process of platelet donation is safe, sterilized, and involves little bit of discomfort or no discomfort. A healthy donor can donate up to every 56 days that’s six times in a year. Although platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year.

BEFORE DONATION: before going for donation
●Eat iron rich food to increase iron level in blood. Food like spinach, meat, fish, beans etc, are rich in iron content.
●Get a nice sleep at least for 8 hrs.
● Drink more and more fluids. Drink at least 16oz. of water before the donation.
●Too much fat in the blood may result in infectious disease during blood testing .so avoid eating fatty foods like burger, chilli potato, momos, etc, before donation. Eat a healthy meal before donation.
●It is important to free aspirin from body before 2 days’ prior donation.
● A Donor must always carry an identity card along with them.

●Always wear clothes whose sleeves can be folded up to elbow. It makes the doctor’s job easy to draw blood through needle.
●Sit or lie down in a relaxing posture during the donation.
●Listen to music, don’t panic, talk to other donors or read books.
●Laying down on bed is advisable during blood donation.
●Immediately after donation, it is preferred to consume snacks and drinks to balance the blood pressure of the body.
●The doctor should be informed, if the donor has a preferred hand for donation.

●Avoid alcohol for the next 24-hours.
●Drink more and more fluids.
●Drink up extra 6 glasses of water over the 24 hours of donation.
●To stop excess blood from peeping out of arm, doctor stick bandage to the skin. Remove that bandage within next hour after donation.
●Clean the area around the bandage with soap and water to avoid rashes.
●Do not indulge in weight lifting or any activities like exercise for the rest of the day.
●If blood starts to peep out from the needle site, raise up your arms for 10 to 15 minutes till the bleeding stops.
●Don’t immediately stand up after donation blood.
●Lay down for few minutes after donating blood.
●If you feel dizziness or light-headedness, immediately sit down, stop what you are doing.
●Fainting may result in injury. Lay down if you feel you might faint.
●Consume food containing iron after donation.

The whole process can be summarized into the following steps:
●Be healthy and fit.
●Wait aside for at least 3 hours as platelet donation is a long process.
●Wear comfortable clothes.
●Stay hydrated
●Bring movie, music and stuff along with you.
●Squeeze arm after donation.
●Consume snacks and drinks after donating.
●Take proper rest.