Blood Crisis: Shortage of blood in KZN

The Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic at San Marco Centre is appealing to the community to please come and donate.

“There is a blood crisis in KZN and the need for blood is very important,” says Hessie Tredoux.

A unit of blood only lasts 42 days after donation and, for this reason, it is imperative for blood donors to donate regularly. Donors can give blood as often as every eight weeks.

Every unit of blood can save a minimum of three lives, as blood is separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

Minimum requirements to be a blood donor:

– You must be between the ages of 16 and 65 years old, for first-time donors;

– Weigh a minimum of 50kg (and platelets a minimum of 55kg);

– Be in good health;

– Lead a low-risk lifestyle;

– Consider your blood safe for transfusion;

– Have had a balanced meal within four hours of donating blood;

– Have not donated blood in the last 56 days (and platelets in the last 14 days);

– Your pulse is between 50 and 100 regular beats per minute;

– Your blood pressure is below 180 systolic (first number) and below 100 diastolic (second number), and above 100 systolic (first number) and above 60 diastolic (second number);

– Your haemoglobin level is 12.5 g/dL or above.

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Nameera Sarjoo
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