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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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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If you try checking the cupboards or medicine cabinets of every household in the neighborhood, you’ll probably find an ear thermometer or a regular thermometer. That’s because these medical tools are easy to use and considered a necessity by parents. But aside from a thermometer, do you think there are other medical devices or tools that you need to have in your own home?
Below are some of them:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, having a glucometer at home will become a necessity. People with diabetes need to make some important changes in their lifestyle and habits. Also, they need to keep an eye on their blood-glucose levels on a regular basis. That’s because diabetes does not have clear symptoms. By constantly monitoring your blood glucose levels, you can protect yourself from the complications of diabetes.
A nebulizer is a piece of equipment used for changing liquid medication into some form of vapor that one can inhale. It is highly recommended for those who are taking asthma medications. Having this medical device at home is beneficial and can give parents peace of mind knowing that it is accessible for their children in case they have an asthma attack.
A pulse oximeter can be used at home to monitor a person’s oxygen level and pulse. This is beneficial for those people with conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure among others. This way, their pulse and oxygen levels can be checked regularly. Any abnormalities will be recorded and made known to physicians.
Also known as blood pressure monitor, a sphygmomanometer is one of the most popular medical devices used at home. This device is composed of an inflatable rubber cuff that’s wrapped around the arm. It also comes with a measuring device indicating the pressure in the cuff. A bulb is used to inflate the cuff, and then a valve is in place for the release of the pressure. The sounds of the arterial blood flow can be listened to using a stethoscope.
Investing in medical devices that you can keep in your home is a smart decision when it comes to preparing for emergencies. While it’s not necessary that you purchase several tools, a sphygmomanometer and the other ones mentioned above can be considered a “must-have” for homes. To find reliable and top quality medical supplies and devices, check out Philippine Medical Supplies.