A lot of people are afraid of blood and needles. That is why they often refuse to donate blood in blood banks.
Why is there a need for us to donate blood?
In the United States alone, about 36,000 people need blood transfusion every day. Imagine the numbers if we’re talking about the whole world! Red Cross Statistics show that only 50.37% of people can actually receive the blood transfusion since there is a huge insufficiency in blood supply in blood banks worldwide. Eventhough around 38% of the total population can donate blood, only 10% of that actually donates blood. Also, blood cannot be manufactured, its only source is humanity.
Also, donating blood helps us clean our system. By discarding our old blood supply, the body would force our blood marrows to produce new blood. There are even claims that donating blood makes your skin glow! Aside from that, you are also lowering your risk of acquiring cancer.
Procedures in donating blood
After signing up for blood donation, your blood pressure will be taken using either a manual or automatic sphygmomanometer. Usually, an automatic sphygmomanometer like the Digital BP Rossmax is used for a faster testing. Then, a medical attendant would screen you. Series of questions will be asked which includes sexual experiences, medical history records, and many more. Then, you will proceed to a medical technologist which will take your blood for testing. Using a lancet needle, your finger will be pricked. Droplets of your blood will be placed on a glass slide while some will be placed on a capillary tube. This test will determine your blood type and if you have any blood disorders. After that, you are off to the donating room.
In that room, a nurse would prepare the bt set (blood transfusion set) then would proceed to finding the right vein. After that, the area that is going to be pierced will be sterilized using alcohol to avoid infections. A 16 or 17 gauge needle will then be used to avoid damaging the red blood cells that will flow through the needle. The needle is attached to a long tube and a blood bag which collects your blood. It is placed on a scale that would measure on how much blood has been taken. About 450mL of blood will be taken from you.
After the entire process, you might feel a little dizzy or the pierced part might bruise. An ice bag 6” is usually advised to be placed on the area to avoid swelling. In cases where there is bruising or swelling, do not be alarmed! It is normal and would usually go away in a few days.
So what are you waiting for? Donate now and save lives!
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Some people would frown upon the professions of some people. They would laugh at what others do just because they find it inferior to what they are doing or they find it disturbing. Even people in the medical field experience this, especially nurses.
There are times when nurses have it really hard. Aside from checking in on patients, they also have to provide hands on care. For a typical person, a nurse’s job would really look difficult and of course, disgusting. Some patients would defecate or urinate on their beds, while some would puke. There are also instances when a nurse has to put a tube called Foley Catheter on a patients bladder just to help him urinate. Imagine the horrors!
A Nurse’s Job
Some patients have problems with their excretory systems, especially with their urine and fecal excretion. For those who can still walk and stand up, a nurse can assist a patient to urinate and to defecate in the comfort room. But for the unlucky ones, manual assistance is a must.
Patients with problems in the urinary tract would sometimes need a foley catheter, a tube inserted to the bladder to drain urine which is attached to a urine bag or a drainage bag. Before conducting this, cleanliness is also a must in health care that is why a nurse must first sanitize his hands with rubbing alcohol and must wear sterile gloves. The nurse must then first put an underpad under the patient to ensure that there would be no leaks falling on the bed of the patient. Imagine a thin nurse lifting up a huge patient just to put the pad in place. Inserting a tube down there sounds painful, but with the use of lubricating jelly, the catheter would be easily inserted in the bladder without much hassle and friction therefore avoiding pain.
It is also a nurse’s responsibility to ensure that wound dressings of patients must be changed regularly in order to avoid unwanted infections, to change the patient’s empty dextrose or PNSS, to check the temperature, the blood pressure, and to get samples from patients on a regular basis.
Some nurses would go for days without sleep! Imagine a 36 hour shift without nap breaks. How tiring must that be for nurses! Some people would even scream and throw a fit at nurses for not doing the things that they want to happen that shouldn’t happen.
Nurses are trained professionals and they do what they are trained to do. So before you rant or throw a fit at nurses, make sure that you had the same training as them. Let’s not put more burdens in their shoulders for they already have enough stuff to deal with in their hands. The next time you will shout at a nurse, ask yourself this question, “Am I willing to clean my relative’s buttocks?”. If no, then you might want to shut your mouth. 🙂
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From believing in shamans that can heal our diseases, to experimenting different methodologies that can either help us regain our health or well… kill us, we have come a long way since the dawn of man. Our old-school ways caused us to have high mortality rates before. Now we are in the age where everything is diagnosed properly and everything is made easy by modern machineries. For example, can you imagine reviving a heart that already stopped beating without a defibrillator?
After publishing a study called Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus (On the Movement of the Heart and the Blood in Animals), William Harvey stated on his work that the correlation between a person’s pulse and his heart rate made it possible to determine his blood pressure and blood volume. This paved the way for the creation of the Sphygmomanometer or the blood pressure tester. Before, you would need to first find the pulse of the person. After that, you need to first learn on how you can actually use the sphygmomanometer in order for you to accurately determine a person’s BP. Today, devices like the Digital BP Rossmax made BP Testing quite easy. You just have to insert in on the person’s upper arm then press a button. Talk about convenience!
Blood Glucose Level Testing
Determining one’s blood glucose level is essential in order for a person to determine if he has Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes. Before, you would really need to go to a hospital to get tested. But with the advent of modern technology, devices GCU Easytouch and Freestyle Glucometer made it accessible in our homes!
Some mothers find it quite difficult to produce milk for their baby while some babies find it hard to suck the milk out of their mother’s breasts. Before, they had to ask other lactating mothers to breastfeed their young or they had to use a manual breast pump that wasn’t really efficient. Modern breast pumps are more efficient in collecting milk.
For The Heart
ECG Machines are the life-saver of people with heart problems. This device can actually tell whether a person has a heart problem using electric signals represented by up and down lines on a piece of ECG paper. If the normal rhythm is disturbed, it would mean that the person has a problem in the heart.
If a person’s heart stopped or it is way too slow, a defibrillator is the answer. This machine was created in order to restore the normal beating rhythm of our hearts. This utilizes high voltages that shock the heart back to normality.
Machineries like CT Scan, Diagnostic Ultrasounds, Anesthesia Machines, and many more have paved the way in increasing man’s chances of survival.
Man’s imagination and greatness have created works that helped humanity in its struggle for survival. If our technology is like this today, what technologies can the future generation create?
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