Low Altruistic Blood Donation Rates in Playa del Carmen
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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