How Blood is Donated

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Have you ever wondered how blood is being donated? Probably yes. If so, you are welcomed inside.

In this hospital (Russian Clinical Hospital for Children) there are as many as 1500 cots and 150 of them are for children with blood disorders. However, blood is needed not only for use in haematology unit but also in oncology department, reanimation, departments of surgery and microsurgery, transplant department, burns unit, maternity department, etc., etc. Without donated blood most of illnesses would have probably been cureless.

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Prior to becoming a blood donor you are supposed to make an appointment with a doctor, fill up a form and go through some tests. Moreover, you must do this every time you will donate your blood.

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Your blood pressure will be measured and a doctor will inquire about your health.

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In RCHC there are 7 cots in an operating room.

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A patient sits themselves onto a donor seat and doctor begins adjusting medical equipment.

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Before the main procedure begins the doctor takes your blood for testing once more.

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To estimate how much blood you have, you are supposed to multiply your weight by 0.07 (for men) and by 0.065 for women.

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Doctor puts in a needle in every hand of a patient and the procedure begins.

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While blood is being donated you should keep your veins astrain. This is achieved by kneading an expander in both of your hands.

Usually, the whole process of blood donation takes 30-90 minutes depending on the kind of procedure.

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Photos and story via sergeydolya

15 thoughts on “How Blood is Donated”

  1. True, plateletpheresis. This procedure lasts 30-60 mins, however normal full-blood donation of about 450ml of blood takes only 5 minutes.
    If you really care about others, this is one of the easiest and best things to do: donate blood!

    • So is the machine and the labels. Seems silly. Conversion to Russian is quick and easy for computer based equipment.

    • Huh? You’ve given blood somewhere that looks more sanitary than that? I haven’t. If that is representative of Russian blood donation centers, I’m impressed.

      Of course, my knowledge of these things is fairly superficial. I’ve donated several times at mobile centers and have been a volunteer who helps load up the truck after it’s all over. I then try to remember to wash up before eating.

      • I’ve donated blood in several different countries and various institutions private and public. The facility here looks pretty clean and sterile to me, however the fact it’s not clinical white in colour may be confusing the above poster.

        Give blood, it’s the easiest way you can help society and costs you nothing but a short length of time.

  2. I was saying for joke that blood donation and strip clubs have something in common: You go there, girls [nurses] come and keep you company for a little time [to make sure you are ok] and you can have a drink [orange juice they provide]!!

    In fact I was a bit anxious only the first time, now after more than 10 times of being blood donor, it’s completely typical procedure for me. No pain anymore, just a momentary discomfort. Everything we feel comes from our brain. And it lasts 10 minutes, not 30!

  3. well no1 even bothers to localize this hardware, every russian doctor in this clynic has to know english on professional level

    • The alcohol is always left in as a preservative. That’s why you always feel a little drunk after a transfusion.

  4. Thank you for publishing these photos. Platelets are a much needed life-saving product. I find the donations easy and relaxing.

    Blood from one of the donor’s arms is mixed with an anticoagulant (usually sodium citrate). Then it enters the separator inside a sealed, disposable kit. That kit contains a belt wich wraps around the centrifuge. Platelets stay in the belt part of the machine. Plasma goes to the colored bag at the top. The donor gets the remaining components back plus some fluids into the other arm. This is a continuous process with the double needle system. After the donation the technician/nurse will add the platelets to the plasma bag


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