Low Al­tru­is­tic Blood Do­na­tion Rates in Playa del Car­men

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Community - BY JOE MAL­DON­ADO

Although in line with the na­tional av­er­age of ap­prox­i­mately three per­cent, the di­rec­tor of the State Cen­ter for Blood Trans­fu­sion dis­cusses the im­por­tance of at­tract­ing donors, na­tion­als and for­eign alike

The cul­ture of blood do­na­tion has a long way to go in Quin­tana Roo. Al­tru­is­tic do­na­tion is small, even though there are great ben­e­fits to be had. In fact, the na­tional av­er­age of blood donors is around three per­cent. Be­cause of this, Dr. Mauro Rosas Cortés, di­rec­tor of the State Cen­ter for Blood Trans­fu­sion, in­sisted on the im­por­tance of at­tract­ing donors.

“It is im­por­tant to make al­tru­is­tic do­na­tions; an ideal would be that 100 per­cent of the donors are al­tru­is­tic, be­cause this is where the clean­est blood comes from. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, in Playa del Car­men, 15 peo­ple come to do­nate daily but the ma­jor­ity are do­ing this to help a fam­ily mem­ber.”

From those who do­nate in an al­tru­is­tic man­ner, about 450 milliliters of blood are taken and they ob­tain ben­e­fits in ex­change; for ex­am­ple, in case of an ac­ci­dent, they re­ceive the nec­es­sary blood do­na­tion with­out hav­ing to re­place it.

The most do­nated blood type is O pos­i­tive, but all are needed, es­pe­cially the RH neg­a­tive, which is the most dif­fi­cult to ob­tain. “The av­er­age re­quire­ment of blood do­na­tion from vol­un­teers is at least one do­na­tion on av­er­age ev­ery five days,” ex­plained Rosas Cortés.

The re­quire­ments are: donors must be over 18 years old, weigh more than 50 ki­los, present an of­fi­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, have fasted for four to eight hours. Fe­male donors must not be preg­nant or breast­feed­ing, and all donors need to be in good gen­eral health. Those with tat­toos or pierc­ings can do­nate when one year has past since their last one. Those who have had surg­eries may do­nate six months af­ter their last op­er­a­tion.

“When we need blood, we have a backup net­work, thanks to the blood banks in Can­cun and Chetu­mal. In case they would not have enough sup­ply, which is very rare, we ask for sup­port from the gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal, but these cases are very rare.”

The in­ter­vie­wee re­it­er­ated the ur­gency of hav­ing vol­un­teer donors be­cause their blood is needed in case of an emer­gency. “There are car ac­ci­dents and other ac­ci­dents that ur­gently re­quire blood, and in these cases, donor blood is used, this means that no one is ex­empt from the pos­si­bil­ity of need­ing donor blood at some point in their life.”

Men can do­nate ev­ery three months and women ev­ery four; the do­na­tion process does not take longer than half an hour.

Af­ter do­nat­ing, it is rec­om­mended to eat well, drink a lot of wa­ter, and not do ex­treme ac­tiv­i­ties such as ex­er­cise, in gen­eral, re­lax for the day.

Other ben­e­fits of do­nat­ing blood are a com­plete exam for syphilis, HIV, choles­terol, and other dis­eases. This re­port is sent by email di­rectly to the donor, and in case of some prob­lem, the donor will be sent to a hos­pi­tal for nec­es­sary treat­ment.

For all vol­un­teers, the blood bank is ob­li­gated to give blood to the donor or a di­rect fam­ily mem­ber for a year if needed. But the most im­por­tant thing is that with your blood do­na­tion, you can save up to three lives.

Do­na­tions in Playa del Car­men take place at the Hos­pi­tal Gen­eral. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Blood Bank, visit www.be­tu­tita14.wix.com/ban­code­san­gre­playa, or on Face­book/Banco de San­gre Playa del Car­men. Email: ban­code­san­gre­playa@hot­mail.com

“Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, in Playa del Car­men, 15 peo­ple come to do­nate daily but the ma­jor­ity are do­ing this to help a fam­ily mem­ber.”

Dr. Mauro Rosas Cortés Di­rec­tor of the State Cen­ter for Blood Trans­fu­sion

Men can do­nate ev­ery three months and women ev­ery four / Photo: Palco Quin­ta­nar­roense

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