Blood donation

Blood donations are still an elementary pillar of medicine. Because patients who need a blood transfusion are dependent on the availability of sufficient blood supplies. For this purpose, the blood obtained in blood donations is specially prepared and stored for use. A synthetic production of the blood has so far not been possible. Voluntary blood donations are therefore essential. These are carried out by various blood donation organizations. In theory, all persons of legal age in Germany are allowed to donate as long as there are no health exclusion criteria. However, these are diverse and range from the donor's body weight being too low (under 50 kilograms) to possible drug addiction or HIV infections. The suitability as a donor is therefore determined in a preliminary examination. If this is the case, around half a liter of blood can be drawn from each donor when donating blood. (fp)

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Video: Learn How to Donate Blood on World Blood Donor Day (January 2022).