20 August 2014
Y&R would like to thank the South African National Blood Service for their ongoing commitment to their quarterly Blood Drives at our Johannesburg office.
Thanks to all the brave employees who literally rolled up their sleeves to save some lives!
For those still contemplating donating for the first time, here are some assurances from the SANBS :
- It is quite safe to donate blood with South African National Blood Service. Their personnel take the necessary safety measures to ensure that you don’t get a transmissible disease by donating blood.
- They use new, sterile and disposable equipment (blood bags, tubes and finger prick needle and other needles) for each donation. These are used only once for your blood donation, discarded in a specialised waste container and incinerated.
- Further assessments include a finger prick test in order to ascertain if your haemoglobin level is within a safe range for donation purposes. In addition, your pulse rate and blood pressure will be checked.
- You must also weigh at least 50kg or more, be between 16 and 65 of age and in good health.
- Potential donors will be permitted to donate only if these measurements are within the defined, acceptable range.
A challenge then, to encourage even more individuals to donate at the next Y&R Blood Drive.