It’s a big challenge to face blood shortage where demand of blood products is also high. For many reasons, wherein unpredictable and high demands of blood needed for accidents, the blood inventory fluctuates every hour.
All eligible donors are encourage to make way for appointments and give blood to help prevent emergency situations. An urgent need for blood types O Negative and B Negative are specially needed to help solve or at least lessen the situation. Even thousands of blood donors are able to help, still an urgent call for blood and platelets remains. This situation won’t stop as long as low blood inventory levels for potential delivery in the treatment and other health care are still hanging.
Donors with blood type O Negative is known as the universal donor which is vital in an emergency situation. Blood type B Negative is certain for ethnic groups used for diseases such as anaemia and thalassemia. There are approximately 9 percent increase of these blood donors resulting to more than 10, 400 more units to be gathered. The average collection must be 15, 000 units a day for patients.
The supply of both blood types are lower than what we expected to be and we are still keeping our faith and coming up to keep it. We hope you will respond and bear with us for we are on board with the same purpose and mission. We are thankful for those who are brave and stepped up to offer the lifesaving gift, we are still counting on generous donors to continue support and roll up their sleeve for this cause.
Many of us are hesitant to donate blood because of the unfavorable stories heard from one experience to another. But let us remind ourselves that blood shortage pops out due to misconceptions and myths surrounding us where noble act of donating blood is almost neglected. Let’s read one by one of those myths and we will learn more about the corresponding facts.
Myth: Donating blood is susceptible to contract diseases like HIV.
Fact: There is a proper procedure to follow on receiving blood from donor. Safety is on top of the list. A sterile, new needle is used for each donor and properly discarded after use. A disease like HIV can only spread through direct contact so donating blood with proper precautions towards safety will attract more donors.
Myth: Have donated blood once this year can stop donors to donate again.
Fact: Donors can donate blood every three to six (3-6) months. After donating blood, donor’s blood is made up within seven to fourteen (7-14) days. Only 350- 450 ml of blood is taken during the blood session which there is enough blood in the body to donate without any ill effects.
Myth: I am 60 years old, I can’t donate blood anymore.
Fact: Age is not a deterrent to donate blood. Anyone up to the age of 60 who is fit and healthy can donate. Although most of this age are suffering from diabetes and hypertension, better refrain and keep away from donating. (But at least 17 years old and weighing 110 pounds are allowed to give blood. Ages between 17 to 23, the weight restriction doesn’t apply and eligible donors depend on both weight and height.)
Myth: Have a tattoo or piercing are not allowed to give blood.
Fact: Getting a new tattoo or piercing are prone to infectious diseases that can not be detected immediately. So, at least after six months of having the tattoo or piercing you are allowed to donate blood.
Myth: After donating blood, donor’s health will be at risk.
Fact: Donors may feel tired, faint, or nauseous but only few percent of them are experiencing this condition but this can be taken care of foods in your diet before and after donating. There is a very low risk in donating blood.
Blood donations spread words with safe and continuous awareness of blood supply. Each of us can become a hero, the idea of donating blood to those patients needing it. A hero who saves lives of many or thousands is not really recognize, silent and unlabeled.
Let’s take a sip on how a hero become strongly encourages more people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. If you’ve donated blood in your entire life, you have done a noble cause but if you haven’t always keep these nutrition facts to keep you motivated and continue a noble cause.
Don’t come to blood donation drive on empty stomach. Have a scrumptious breakfast before heading for the donation drive. Foods rich in iron, vitamin C and fruit juices are a must. These help to increase iron absorption. Avoid carbonated drinks and fatty foods as these affect blood tests.
After donating blood continue to drink plenty of liquids to prevent low blood pressure. Take these foods in your diet such as rich in folic acid to help manufacture new red blood cells to replace those during donation. Foods rich in vitamin B-2 or known as Riboflavin to help carbohydrates into energy for stronger body. And foods rich in vitamin B-6 to help build healthy blood cells and easily break down proteins in the body.
Use of tobacco and drinking alcohol after donating is a big no. It can cause disturbance like dizziness and nausea in your part. You can continue doing your normal state of activities but avoid doing strenuous or heavy activities like lifting or going to gym.
There are many active government and private institutions are supporting the blood donation camp all over the world. Now, Jaipur in India will be hosting an event for blood donation camp to set and create world record with the support of ministry of health and family welfare, an NGO to organize and to collect one lakh (100 000) unit.
A bigger campaign is going on wherein around 700 camps would be organizing in different states and almost 1500 blood banks would be participating in the said blood donation camps. The organizers will be targeting the highest blood donation in a single day. This campaign aims to create awareness about blood donation and to tell people how it is important to give or donate blood for the needy.
The said event will take on September 06, 2014 where mostly youths are given to take part in this blood donation camp. This noble practice leads people understand to help and save thousands of lives.
The Guinness Book of World Record will set rules and regulations to record the event where volunteers and organizers are well informed and keep updated. The control room will be set up properly where people will be easily take care of. Last time record, they were claiming that they had collected 96,600 units of blood on a given day.
It is said that cord blood stem cell have been successfully used for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes. Cord blood stem cells used to “reeducate” (as the term used) the immune system T cells of diabetic patients by making their pancreas to start producing insulin again, to reduce the amount of insulin needed to inject. It becomes successful to treat with long-standing diabetics who believed they have no ability to produce insulin anymore.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the own immune system of the body attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This results to body that can’t produce enough insulin and can cause high blood sugar to damage all the organs in the body.
Research shows how scientists developed a procedure called “Stem Cell Educator Therapy” where the blood of the diabetic patient is circulated through a closed loop system that separates lymphocytes (it is a class of immune cell that includes T cells) from the entire blood. Then, co-cultures them with cord blood stem cells from healthy donors that take two up to three hours before returning the “re-educated lymphocytes” to the blood circulation of the patient’s body.
The results show that patients had some residual beta cell function (moderate type 1 diabetes) and the required insulin dose for the patients was down by 38% at the 12th week. Patients who received the Stem Cell Educator Therapy improved levels of C-peptide, a biomaker used to measure how beta cells are working (a protein fragment that is left behind when the insulin is process in the pancreas).
The abundance of stem cells and medical use of stem cells are growing, collecting and preserving cord blood and cord tissue are wise enough to invest for family’s future health.
Cord blood stem cells and cord tissue stems cells have different functions. Cord blood is the blood found in the vein of the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of baby’s birth. It is rich in Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) which is the foundation of immune system in our body. It is used for treatment with over 80 diseases namely leukemia, lymphoma, anemia and congenital gene deficiencies.
However, cord tissue stem cells contains Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which develop into structural and connective tissue. It contains unique and powerful stem cells that may help repair and heal the body in different ways than cord blood could do. It is now under investigation for over 40 clinical trials now to see and know its potential on therapeutic applications. It holds the fact that someday it will treat debilitating conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s disease and even injuries to bones and cartilage.
Banking cord blood and cord tissue to safeguard your family’s future health and could help your baby or the whole family the opportunity to take advantage of future medical discoveries.
The preserved components of the umbilical cord blood are called stem cells. Stem cells are cells that form all the tissue and organ cells of the body which are used to replace other cells that are abnormal or have been destroyed by diseases.
Through umbilical cord blood banks which are categorized into three namely private, public and direct donation banks are a great help on pursuing this process. Private banks charge initial fee for collection, additional fee for processing plus a yearly maintenance fee to preserve the cord blood for use by the specific donee. On the other hand, public banks don’t charge for collection but don’t reserve the blood collection for the specific donor and donations are available to the general public. Direct donation banks are also free of charge for collecting and accept family-specific donations to reserve for the family.
Banking cord blood form a child could possibly be used for other child’s sibling but with a positive genetic match. Cord blood stem cells treated diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, blood disorders, congenital metabolic disorders and immunodeficiencies. Engaging to this process has low rate of taking risk for transmission of infection and the procedure for both mother and child.
Cord blood once saved usually takes to use quickly or a couple of weeks. The volume of cord blood collection from 50- 100 mL that should provide dose for a child.
There are a lot of reasons why people donate their blood. For whatever reasons, the need of blood is constant. Here we will take time to realize what donors think and what make them decide to donate blood.
The top reason donors give blood is they want to help other people. Others give blood because they were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood someday and some believe it is the right thing to do.
If there are reasons they give blood, here are the most common reasons by people who don’t. One reason is, “Never thought about it” and two, “They don’t like needles.”
Always remember, that your blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. If donors started donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until they reached 76, they would have donated 48 gallons of blood, and that is equivalent to saving more than 1,000 lives. Statistics shows that only 19 percent donate occasionally, 31 percent are first-time donors, and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
Only from volunteer donors are accepted, those are willing and open their heart, mind and soul to donate their blood, and some are not paid for it. You don’t need to have a special reason, just have your own reason.
Have an HOUR of your time to spare for the WHOLE LIFE of others. Think about this.
Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is one of the most leading industry dedicated to technical innovations, gives access to current treatments and stem cell application for unstable condition or with no cure. A cord blood bank that passed the standards of cord blood collection and storage regulations made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
With recent discoveries have shown that the blood in the umbilical cord of a baby contains stem cells that can help treat some conditions, and once removed safely after baby’s birth will be tested to ensure that the required amount is eligible to store in the bank. This is where Cord Bank Registry takes responsibility to store up to ten years and can be retrieve when required for a stem cell treatment.
At this point, CBR has stored over 500,000 cord blood and cord tissue stem cell units and is the leading cord blood bank company recommended by most OB/GYNs and expecting parents. From 3,500 hospitals in over 100 countries, has undergone 17 product upgrades and partnered with institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials, 4 out of 7 clinical trials are still active and recruiting participants.
CBR provides healthcare kit that help increase the collection of cord blood. This CellAdvantage Collection Kit manages a crush-resistant, temperature protected and electronically tracked kit. This kit actively transforms into a cube to encase the blood or tissue collection to ensure its protection and safety. CBR also created an automated and functionally closed stem cell processing technology called AutoExpress Platform.
Cord Blood Registry maintains standards for cellular therapy services through AABB accreditation, FDA-registration, and CLIA certification as well. CBR is found in San Bruno, California and owned 80,000 square foot laboratory located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a registered trademark of Cbr Systems, Inc.
Today, scientists and doctors learned to cope the unique stability of stem cells to treat cancer and genetic blood disease with the help of bone marrow transplant. However, thousands of clinical trials are under the demonstration of using stem cells, and yet many researchers and fields of research believe that stem cells treat disease, heal injuries and grow to replace tissues like bone, cartilage, nerve, skin, muscles and blood vessels to give a well and quality life in the near future.
Stem cells have a great impact in repairing and replacing damaged tissue in our bodies. It is different from ordinary cells which only replicate to make new cells of the same type such blood cells generate more blood cells or skin cells are able to make more skin cells. That is why many scientists and doctors have big interest about the growing stem cells.
With this unique type of stem cell that treats disease, injury and from deteriorating of tissue due to aging called Mesenchymal stem cell. It is found on high concentrations in the healthy dental pulp of our teeth. It can form tissues such as bone, nerve, muscle and blood vessels and repairs body tissues itself; and plays an important role in healing by suppressing inflammation.
This kind of stem cell can be gathered from baby teeth as they naturally loosen, from wisdom teeth being extracted, or from teeth extracted for orthodontic purposes. Don’t discard them as they may help your children capture the generative power in store for them. Every child is unique as well as their family history, so let this emerging treatment help you and your child. Through the help of Bloodbanker, banking stem cells could mean so much for your child’s quality of life and well being.