S’pore Red Cross seeks donors to replenish O+ blood stock
O+ blood stock is very low.
The Singapore Red Cross has put out a call for blood donors to replenish its stock of O+ blood.
In a Facebook post on May 21, the Singapore Red Cross urged suitable donors to donate blood during the week because its current O+ blood stock is very low.
Can you donate blood?
If you’re generally in good health, you will need to meet the following criteria if you wish to donate blood:
- Be between 16 and 60 years old
- Weigh at least 45 kg
- Have a haemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dl (Male donor is 13.0 g/dl)
- Not have had any symptoms of infection for at least one week e.g. sore throat, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea
- Not have had a fever in the last three weeks
If you take certain medications and vaccinations, you will need to postpone your blood donation.
Here’s a list of conditions to look out for.
You cannot donate blood if you:
- have a major illness
- had surgery
- are pregnant
- are on your period
- recently travelled to an area with a risk of insect-borne or animal-borne infections
Who your blood benefits
O+ blood is compatible with the following blood types: O+, AB+, A+, and B+.
However, O+ blood recipients can only receive from O+ and O- donors.
Here’s a nifty guide on blood type compatibility:
Top images via Techzim and Singapore Red Cross.