Have you ever wondered what happens to the blood you donated at any of our blood drives? Your blood goes on an amazing journey. Here is what happens to the blood donated when it leaves one of our blood drive venues.
The blood donated from each blood drive venues are transported by LSBTS or NBTS vehicles in Lagos and Abuja respectively to their blood centre, where the donated blood are sorted and registered.
The donated blood are sent to the manufacturing area, while each donor’s blood samples are sent to the lab to be tested.
In the manufacturing area, most of the white blood cells are filtered out of each donated blood. Each blood donated is broken down into its separate component parts using a centrifuge. Red blood cells, plasma, or platelets are extracted using specialised machines.
All the different components are sent to their specific holding areas where they will be quarantined until all the required testing is completed.
At the same time the samples are being tested in the lab. Each donation is tested to find out the donors blood group and compared against your records if you’ve donated before. The donations are also checked for viruses and infectious diseases to help ensure that each donation is safe to transfuse to patients. If a test result is positive, your donation will be discarded and you will be notified (our test results are confidential and are only shared with the donor, except as may be required by law).
As soon as all the testing is complete and passed, each pack of blood can be labelled and placed into controlled storage, ready to be sent to be used by patients in hospitals. Red cells are stored in refrigerators at 6ºC for up to 42 day while platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to five days. After some checks when the blood packs get to the hospital, the blood is ready to be transfused.
Because each blood donation is split into its component parts, your one donation can help to save or improve the lives of up to three people.
Now that you know what happens to your blood, why not sign up to be a regular donor!