14th June 2021
World Blood Donor day
World Blood Donor Day is a World Health Organization (WHO) campaign. The first event to raise awareness of the importance of blood transfusions took place in 2012. Since then, the WHO has spearheaded campaigns on an annual basis.
Why would you give a blood donation?
By giving blood you make it possible to help many people every day that require blood transfusions everyday in a hospital setting. Generally, anyone between 18 and 70, weighing at least 50kgs (7st 12lbs) whom are in good health are eligible to donate. You can donate every 90 days.
However, to date, only 3% of the Irish eligible population donate blood in Ireland, while one in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Therefore by marking and highlighting World Blood Donor Day it may encourage others to perhaps donate their blood and know that with this small act a great deed is being done in potentially saving lives.
So what is the History of blood transfusion?
The first time that we have confirmation of the first blood transfusion was in 1818. James Blundell, a British obstetrician, performed the first successful transfusion of human blood to a patient for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage. Using the patient’s husband as a donor, J. Blundell successfully carried out a blood transfusion and continued applying this technique over the following few years. Over a century later in 1932 the first blood bank was established in the city of Leningrad in Russia (formerly USSR). Blood donation was particularly important in the WWII, a campaign which was pushed by the United States allowed for the saving of many human lives. The process has developed since then, making it very safe for the donor and the patient.
Who can be a blood donor?
- is between 18 and 70.
- Weighs more than 7 stone 12 lbs (less than 50kgs) or less than 25 stone (158kgs)
- Have not taken any medication in the last time.
- Have not had any illness or injury, e.g. a cough, a cold, a sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea or an open wound in the last 2 weeks
- Have not any blood condition which could affect the quality of your blood.
- Have a healthy lifestyle
- Does not a new tattoo or piercing
Sepecific condititions have been introduced since Covid-19.
Donors and Covid-19
Donors who were treated in hospital for Covid-19
Donors who were treated in hospital, who have now fully recovered from Covid-19 will need to provide a letter from their GP before they can donate.
Donors who have had a HPRA approved Covid-19 vaccination such as the Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen or Astra Zeneca vaccines, must wait 7 days after receiving the vaccine before they can donate
if you are interesting in give blood you can get all the information in the Irish blood transfusion service website