During vacations, regular blood bank donors travel and change their routine. As a result, there is a drop in inventories at blood banks across the country. The scarcity is even greater for negative blood types. At this time of year, inventories begin to fall between 20% and 30%. The problem is that during this same period, there are more accidents and emergencies at hospitals, with increased demand for blood and hemoderivatives.
According to the World Health Organization (WTO), 93 million bags of blood are collected annually around the world, but this is still a low number. According to the Ministry of Health, only 1.9% of Brazilians donate blood.
So how about donating blood, in addition to your time when volunteering? Here are the requirements for anyone interested:
- Be between 18 and 65 years old;
- weigh 50 kilos or more;
- not be fasting (an interval of four hours is only needed after lunch).
Donating takes about fifteen minutes and approximately 450 milliliters of blood are collected. The interval between donations should be 60 days for men and 90 days for women.
For more information, access the Fundação Pró-Sangue website (http://www.prosangue.sp.gov.br/home/Default.asp), the country’s largest blood bank, serving over 100 hospitals in the state of São Paulo.
Rafael Alberico works in advertising and has a Master’s in administration. In addition to writing for the IN.CA network, he teaches a social communications course at FECAP.
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