How to donate blood for a child: myths and truth about blood donation
Irina Slavinskaya, president of the Association of Young Donors of Ukraine and founder of the project DonorUA told UaUa.info why in Ukraine so far donor blood has to be looked for in an emergency mode, and how to become a donor to change this situation at last.
Blood is urgently needed for a child! mdash; such requests for help are often met. Sometimes, to save someone’s life is very easy: it’s enough to look at the nearest donor point for half an hour.
Many people are ready to share their blood. But it’s not easy to decide on the first donor experience. Someone is frightened by the procedure with bundles and needles, someone is afraid of catching AIDS or hepatitis. Someone repels the complicated process, with the presentation of a passport and propiska.
More and more people find time and motivation, and knowingly donate blood. But it is still not enough, and every day someone in a panic is looking for donors to save lives for their loved ones.
The reason for it is that in Ukraine 450 medical institutions have the right to take donor blood. But there is no single register of donors, and even really there is no communication between these institutions.
If you are registered in the Lviv region, but live in Odessa, and want to donate blood, call from Odessa to Lviv and clarify whether you are worth on a dispensary record, no one will.
By law, no doctor can deny the donor, based on the wrong registration, but donors do not know this. And if they do know, they come to donate blood, but do not scandal and seek. No, so no man turned around and went about his business.
In addition to viral diseases that are dangerous to the recipient, there are conditions in the list of contraindications in which blood donation can harm the donor. With such diagnoses, you will not get blood, even if you feel fine.
Such thoroughness is needed, because in Ukraine blood safety is assessed by the number of antibodies to a particular disease. But antibodies begin to be developed when the body has already recognized the threat. There is a period of gray window when the infection already exists, but there is still no reaction of the body. Therefore, we have to wait for a while.
A couple of days after donating blood, the donor can find out the results of his tests. In fact, donation mdash; this is a simple and free way to monitor your health. A package of tests performed by transfusion stations in a private clinic costs about 2000 UAH.
Ideally, at least once every six months to return to the transfusion station and again become a donor, this will allow for accurate monitoring of blood counts. But this happens rarely: most often we have donors mdash; they are friends and relatives of the recipient. There was a misfortune, people mobilized, gave blood, and no longer return to this issue.
This is one of the reasons for our epidemic of hepatitis. If donors were regular, and constantly examined, infections of recipients would occur less often.