Blood Donation Q&AWednesday, January 06, 2010
Blood is a life-saving medical product that is only available because of voluntary donation. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill answers some often-asked questions about giving blood.
While the demand for blood and blood products is great, blood supplies at times run dangerously low. The donation process is simple and safe. Here are some frequently asked questions, and their answers:
Is donating blood safe?
Donating blood is a safe process. Needles and bags used to collect blood are used only once and then discarded, making spread of infection to the donor not possible.
How often can one give blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components.
How do I know if I am eligible to donate blood?
You must be in good health, be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. You will also need to pass physical and health history reviews prior to donating.
How much blood is taken?
A blood donation equals approximately one pint of blood. The average adult body has 10 to 12 pints. Your body will replace the lost fluid within 24 hours.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.