Talk on donating blood dispels myths

July 11, 2017
Awareness-raising talk prepares people for blood donation event
Donating blood is a fast and simple procedure, but many people still have doubts, fears and preconceptions about it. To provide peace of mind and dispel some myths regarding this act of generosity, members of the Volunteers of Value group invited a representative of the Rio de Janeiro State Blood Bank, Hemorio, to give a talk at Nissan’s office in the city of Rio.
This talk was a warm-up for a blood donation event to take place on July 18, which is being organised by volunteers in partnership with Hemorio and with the support of real estate company CB Richard Ellis. It will be open to all the companies based in the same office building as Nissan, in Rio.

Do you know what happens to your blood after you have donated it?

– Fractionation: The bag of whole blood is centrifuged to separate it into its three component parts: red blood cells, white blood cells mixed with platelets, and blood plasma.
– Laboratory tests: Tests are performed to determine the blood group and to detect any communicable diseases.
– Approval: Following the laboratory tests, the bag of blood is approved for use in a transfusion.
– Transfusion: The blood is mainly used for major emergencies (road accidents, incidents involving weapons, acute haemorrhages, etc.), in surgeries, and in patients with cancer or blood diseases.
Hemorio distributes blood to more than 200 hospitals that belong to or are affiliated with the Brazilian Public Health System in the state of Rio de Janeiro.