Blood clinic on Saturday

2017-02-15 06:01
For the overwhelming support SANBS receives from KwaDukuza residents, a certificate was awarded to the town and accepted by KwaDukuza Sai Centre president Shantha Nair, whose organisation facilitates the blood clinics in the town. Photo: supplied

For the overwhelming support SANBS receives from KwaDukuza residents, a certificate was awarded to the town and accepted by KwaDukuza Sai Centre president Shantha Nair, whose organisation facilitates the blood clinics in the town. Photo: supplied

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DID you know, your single blood donation can save up to three lives?
So, roll up your sleeve and make a donation at the SANBS blood clinic at the KwaDukuza Supper Room this Saturday, 18 February from 9am to 3pm.

A unit of blood can save up to three lives as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has various measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of blood donors and patients.

These measures ensure that SANBS blood supply is among the safest in the world.

You will be required to complete a Self Exclusion Questionnaire (SEQ) . The questions are meant to assess your health and lifestyle to ensure you are well enough to donate blood and that your blood may not be of any risk to a patient who may receive it.

This is followed by a one-on-one interview with the nurse who goes through the questions to ensure that the questions are understood and that the donor understands the importance of being honest on the questionnaire.

Your blood pressure and haemoglobin (iron) levels are checked. (The checking of your iron level is done with a small prick to your finger.)

If you meet this criteria you may continue, if not you will be deferred.

When you are comfortable on the chair, a nurse will need to confirm your name, address and date of birth.

They examine your arm and place a cuff on your arm to maintain a small amount of pressure during donation (this does not measure blood pressure).

They then examine your arm to find a suitable vein and clean it with an antiseptic sponge.

They will insert a needle in your arm which will collect your blood into a blood bag with your unique number.

SANBS only uses new, sterile needles which are used once and incinerated thereafter.

A scale weighs the blood and stops when you have donated 480ml. This usually takes between 5-10 minutes.

In addition to the blood bag donated, three small viles of blood will also be collected. This is what goes through for testing with the unique number that refers back to the blood donated.

You should not feel any discomfort or pain. If you do, tell a member of staff.

The needle will be removed and a sterile dressing applied to your arm. The blood donation process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

You are requested to lay down for a few minutes once you have donated.

How often should I donate?

You can donate blood every 56 days and SANBS would like donors to commit to regular blood donation. This means at least four donations during a two-year period. This will assist in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply.

What happens to my blood after donation?

Less than five percent of blood is used as whole blood (the way you donated it). By separating the other 95% into its components; red blood cells, platelets and plasma, the unit you donated can save up to three lives.
Your platelets can be used for a cancer patient, plasma to replace clotting factors in a trauma patient and your red blood cells for patients who needed surgery or suffered complications during childbirth.

If you feel unwell after making a donation or think you may be coming down with an infection, please contact your donor centre, call our toll free number 0800 119 031 or email

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