Emergency Blood Exercise 2013

We are testing our readiness to support sudden and massive blood needs in Singapore through an Emergency Blood Exercise. Join us, give blood and help save lives.

Date: 27th October 2013 (Sunday), 9am to 7pm at Bloodbank@HSA, Bloodbank@Woodlands and Bloodbank@Dhoby Ghaut

10am to 7pm at Bedok CC.

 

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Comments

  1. You should email to the media…

    For example, STOMP, SHINMIN (XINMIN), WANBAO, STRAITS TIMES, ALL SPH NEWSPAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS…etc.

  2. Dear BDRP,

    I think it is time to contact the mass media to report news on “open mobilization” on the low stock level…

  3. Benefits of Donating blood is as good for YOUR health as it is for the receiver.
    While the health benefits of recipients who receive blood transfusions are clear, altruistic blood donors too, can reap the benefits.

    Research discovered donating blood can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and cancer.
    It has this effect by reducing iron levels which can thicken blood and increase free-radical damage.
    Beneficial for weight watchers too as people burn 650 calories with every pint donated.

    We all know giving blood provides an essential lifeline to those in need, but a growing body of research demonstrates that it could have health benefits for the donor too.

    Findings have shown that donating blood reduces the risk of heart attacks and even cancer. It even burns 650 calories for every pint given. It is thought that the benefits arise from lowering high iron levels.

    Iron affects how thick and sticky the texture of the blood is. High iron levels causes the blood to be thicker. Raised iron levels also accelerate the oxidisation process of cholesterol. This can affect blood consistency and create increased friction as it travels through blood vessels. As this increases wear and tear to the lining of arteries it could then contribute to cardiovascular disease.

    Because donating blood removes some of its iron content, it may therefore have a protective benefit if done on a consistent basis by helping thin the blood.

    A study of 2,682 men from Finland found they had an 88 per cent reduced risk of heart attacks than those who don’t donate, reported Medical Daily. Likewise, a study published in the Journal of the National cancer Institute also links iron to an increased cancer risk as it’s believed to increase free-radical damage in the body.

    In line with this theory, a four-and-a-half-year study involving 1,200 people found those who made bi-annual blood donations had a lower incidence of cancer and mortality than those who didn’t because blood donations lowered their iron levels. However, these benefits depend on making donations on a regular basis, rather than once in a while.

    Donating blood is that it can burns a large number of calories too.

    After donating blood, the body replaces all of the blood volume within 48 hours, and all the red blood cells within four to eight weeks.

    The University of California in San Diego estimate that for every one pint of blood donated, 650 calories are burned as the body must replenish itself. Although this could be seen as an attractive effort-free way to lose weight, the British NHS Blood and Transplant centre still encourage people to donate for altruistic purposes for the benefit others first, rather than for themselves.

    After donating blood, the count of blood cells decreases in our body, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells in order to replenish the loss. So, it stimulates the production of new blood cells and refreshes the system.

    Regular blood donation helps especially males in loosing iron on regular basis. It helps in reducing the chance of heart attack to one third.

    Reduced risk of heart disease: While iron is an important element and necessary for human life, too much iron may actually damage the heart and circulatory system. Medical doctors believe that reducing blood iron through regular blood donation is a healthy way to potentially lower your risk of heart disease.

    Research published in 2012 demonstrated that repeated blood donation is effective in reducing blood pressure, blood glucose, HbA1c, low-density lipoprotein/high-density lipoprotein ratio, and heart rate.

    Blood viscosity is known to be a unifying factor for the risk of cardiovascular disease, says the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide.

    How thick and sticky your blood is and how much friction your blood creates through the blood vessels can determine how much damage is done to the cells lining your arteries.

    You can reduce your blood viscosity by donating blood on a regular basis which eliminates the iron that may possibly oxidize in your blood. An increase in oxidative stress can be damaging to your cardiovascular system. The removal of oxidative iron from the body through blood donations means less iron oxidation and reduced cardiovascular diseases.