Why donate blood?

Blood is a drug for which there is no adequate substitute. Blood and the products obtained from it are widely used in treating a number of patients and have an invaluable role. Blood is needed in operations, people with anemia and other blood diseases, for mothers, and many other conditions.

In urgent cases the sick and injured whose life is endangered need blood immediately. Therefore, sufficient amounts of blood and blood components that are controlled and safe to use have to be available at all times.
Blood should wait for the patients, not patients waiting for blood.

This can only be achieved if transfusiology service at any time has adequate supplies of blood and blood components (plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitate), which in turn depends solely on all of us who have decided to become blood donors.

Let’s not foget that to donate blood is a privilege of the healthy people and hope for the sick. Everyone of us may some time in life need a therapy with blood and blood components. Therefore, we shouldn’t forget that those half hour of our time and a blood bag mean an opportunity for life for somebody. Only in this way can we be sure that if a disease comes at our door, somebody will take a half an our of his/her time to give us a new life.

The World Health Organization recommends that only voluntary, anonymous and unpaid blood donation can meet the needs for safe blood. Family blood donations should be avoided, but sometimes for specific reasons (a rare blood type or other unplanned occurrences) there may be a need for someone from the family of the patient to donate blood for him. These are rare and sporadic occurrences.

Paid donation in our country does not exist. The same is everywhere in the world, except in some countries where health systems are very low, and therefore the safety of blood from paid donors is in very small quantities or there isn’t any at all.

Each unit of blood from voluntary donors is controlled for the presence of infectious diseases (hepatitis B and C, AIDS, syphilis), as well as for determining the blood type and Rh factor and antibodies. The control takes 24 hours. So, if for a sick or injured person a blood donator is somebody from his close family (family donation), blood can not readily be accepted by the patient because of the duration of control and inadequate blood groups. The results of these tests are anonymous and confidential and available only for the donor and the medical professionals involved in the testing process and quality control. For any positive results the donor will be informed and invited for re-testing or sent to other appropriate institutions for further investigations or treatment.

Remember YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DONATE BLOOD TO TEST YOURSELF FOR DISEASES TRANSMITTED BY BLOOD.

Blood is only bestowed with great philanthropy and desire to help. It is the highest act of altruism and humanity.