Planning on Donating Blood? Know Eligibility and Requirements

There is a certain health criteria necessary to be a blood donor. Read this article to know them.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: Jun 17, 2022Updated at: Jun 17, 2022
Planning on Donating Blood? Know Eligibility and Requirements

Every single day, thousands of people need donated blood and blood products to remain alive and healthy. There could be a lot of reasons why a person needs blood, such as when their blood level drops  in a road accident, fire tragedies, heart surgery and organ transplant, and/or those who are battling fatal cancer.

On the occasion of World Blood Day, 2022 donating blood is considered as an act of solidarity. This is to draw in everybody's attention that donating blood is not merely a life saving action, but it also has benefits for the person who is donating blood; donor. 

People who need donated blood include those who:

  • have internal or external bleeding due to an injury
  • have sickle cell disease or another
  • have an illness that affects  blood
  • are undergoing cancer treatment
  • are having a cardiovascular or orthopedic surgery
  • have an inherited blood disorder
  • are undergoing treatments involving plasma or  transplant

Who Can Donate Blood?

  • Not every adult is an eligible donor. These  requirements are necessary for a donor, apart from being physically healthy:
  • A donor should be over the age of 18 but not more than 60
  • His/her Hemoglobin should not be any less than 12.5 g/dL
  • Their pulse rate should be between 50 and 100/minute with no irregularities
  • They should weigh at least 45 kgs or above

Safety Measures And Precautions Before Donating Blood

Apart from the above, certain health criteria are also necessary to be a blood donor. These are:

  1. The donor must not be treated for Malaria in the last three months
  2. The donor should not have any body tattoos and/or skin piercing
  3. The donor must not have taken any antibiotics or any other medications ( both Allopathic and Ayurveda or Homeopathy) in last 48 hours 
  4. The donor must not consume any kind of alcohol in last 24 hours
  5. He/she should not presently suffer from cough, influenza, or sore throat, or common cold
  6. Women should not donate during their menstrual cycle
  7. They should not suffer from health ailments such as asthma, liver or kidney disease, fits or fainting, BP problems, blood diseases and any kind of unexplained fever