Preparing for Blood Donation

Mar 24

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On January 21, 2014, the SPH (Singapore Press Holdings) and SRC (Singapore Red Cross) partnered to do the bi-annual blood donation drive. At the end of the activity, there were 120 blood bags collected. The bloodletting activity took place at SPH Auditorium. SPH staffs spearheaded the activity and from 12noon-5pm, the public were invited to join the bloodletting. There were about 170 donors.

It is good to donate blood and help other people. That one bag can save a life. This is a pleasant feeling. If you want to donate blood, you should be prepared. Here are some tips that you can consider:

Before the Donation

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If you want to join a bloodletting activity, you have to prepare your body. Extracting one bag of blood will surely weaken you. You can begin by maintaining healthy levels of iron in your body. It is recommended that you eat iron fortified foods (like spinach, beans, cereals, meat and fish) and get a good sleep.

During the Donation

You have to wear something comfortable. When you are at the venue, do not forget to present your donor card or other identification cards. There is no use if you are nervous. You just stay calm and relax. After the extraction, you can help yourself with the refreshments provided.

After the Donation

You need to take care of your body after the extraction. Drinking lots of water for the next 24 hours can greatly improve your condition. Remember that you do not need to indulge in strenuous activities right after the donation. Avoid lifting or exercise for that day. If you get dizzy, you need to stop whatever you are doing and sit down.

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