Each year, thousands of people rely on receiving donated blood and blood products to stay alive.
Certain injuries and illnesses can quickly cause a person's blood levels to drop. Without enough blood, they will not receive enough oxygen in their body, resulting in death.
Many hospitals and medical centres utilise donated blood to save the lives of their patients and with these notions close at heart, Sutera Harbour Resort’s Human Resources Department organises periodic blood donation campaigns to somehow help in replenishing the supply of blood in QEH Blood Bank.
The first campaign for 2018 was held on 23 February 2018. This time around, the campaign will be held on 6 July 2018 (Friday) from 10.00am to 12noon and 1pm to 4pm at the Exercise Studio, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club.
While donated blood is beneficial for people in need, some medical professionals maintain that donating blood also benefits the donor.
Reduces iron levels
Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. However, too much iron can be harmful to a person's health. It can deposit into different organs of the body, such as the liver and heart, and affect the way those organs function.
Identifies adverse health effects
Each person who donates blood completes a simply physical examination and short blood test before giving blood.
As a result, it is possible that a person could identify unknown health concerns as a part of the blood donation process. These health issues could include blood pressure concerns or low blood counts.
A person should never use donating blood to find out if they have any blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV. Instead, they should always go to their doctor with any concerns they have.
Although low blood counts would stop a person from donating, discovering this information could help them pursue more information about their health.
Helps people feel good about themselves
Donating blood has the power to impact up to three people who need the blood to survive.
Knowing that they have made a difference to the lives of others can relieve a person's stress and make them feel mentally well or better about themselves than they did before.
Donating blood burns up to 650 calories per donation, according to the St. Mary's Medical Center, Blue Springs, MO. While giving blood should not be an alternative to exercise, the calories burned might be seen as of occasional benefit by some.
In the right person, blood donation offers many health benefits with few risks. Blood banks usually take every precaution possible to help a blood donor give their blood safely.
So what are you waiting for, let’s save a life – donate your blood.