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Blood Donation - Precautions

It is advisable for blood donors to follow some guidelines before donating blood as the procedure might temporarily weaken them.

Some of the common guidelines to be followed before blood donation are as follows-

  • Drink extra water and fluids.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • Eat well to reduce the risk of reactions to donation. Eating foods high in iron is advisable. This is especially true for recently-menstruated women.

It is important to follow the advise of the local blood bank before blood donation. The guidelines may vary according to the blood banks and their requirements. Some countries require donors to fast before donation, because of specific screening methods.


  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 N279, 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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