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Complications & Risks to Donors

Studies reveal that there is a minor chance of risk among donors. However, no death has been reported.

Sometimes blood donations can put a person at risks. Donors are usually screened for the presence of risk factors/diseases. Some of the risks faced by a blood donor are listed below:

  • A quick change in BP can result in hypovolemic reactions-fainting might ensue.
  • Less than 1% suffer from bruising by the needle.
  • Some the donors suffer from bleeding.
  • Blood donors may occasionally react adversely to the sodium citrate used to prevent coagulation during apheresis. Sodium citrate, returned to the donor along with blood components that are not required, can bind together the calcium present in the donor’s blood. This may cause hypocalcemia-the symptoms of which include tingling in the lips, convulsion or even graver symptoms. This condition can be prevented by providing calcium supplements to the donor.
  • Manual apheresis, without the help of automated machines can lead to transfusion reactions.
  • Usage of non-sterilized equipments and needles can increase risk to donors.


  1. Donors who give blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons have the lowest prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections, as compared to people who donate for family members or in lieu of payment.
  2. WHO Fact sheet N°279, June 2008, Blood safety and donation


Shazidamain Friday, June 14, 2013

According to a recent survey conducted by World Health Organisation, 52.42% of all blood donated in India is through voluntary blood donation camps. The figure was 45% in 2002. This shows that nearly 47.58% of all blood donated is either from paid donors or from family members.

sriharsha.d Wednesday, April 24, 2013

i have donated my blood on 22 feb 2013. can i donate it again on 24 april 2013? i'm of 19 years

purnima.rajput Monday, April 22, 2013

kya jb koi physical ho to last night kya woh blood de sakta hai.....

Michael48 Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Can I donate at a childrens' hospital if i am taking balsalazide disodium fo colitis?

Dominik Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Can I donate blood if a smoked weed ?

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