Background: Fluid shifts from interstitial to intravascular space during blood donation helps in compensating the lost blood volume. We aimed to determine the volume of fluid shift following donation in donors with and without pre-donation fluid intake. Methods: We studied the fluid shift in 325 blood donors prospectively. Donors were divided in groups- with no fluid intake (GI) and either water (GII) or oral rehydrating fluids (GIII) before donation. Fluid shift following donation was calculated based on the difference between the pre and post donation blood volume. The influence of oral fluid intake, age, gender and body mass index (BMI) on volume of fluid shift was analyzed. Results: The fluid shift was significant between donors without fluids (GI: 127 ± 81 ml) and donors with fluid intake (GII & III: 96 ± 45 ml) (p < 0.05). The difference was not significant between donors with water intake (GII: 106 ± 52 ml) and oral rehydrating fluid intake (GIII: 87 ± 41 ml). The shifted fluid volume increased with increasing BMI and decreased with increasing age in females. The fluid shift increased in females than in males. Conclusion: The age, gender, BMI and VVR did not significantly contribute to the volume of fluid shift following donation. As per our observation, the oral fluids before donation might not contribute to increase in fluid shift in blood donors after donation.
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