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10.34 Blood Donation
10.34.2 Describe the effect on the body of donating blood.
Donating blood can have several effects on the body of a pilot, including:
1. Temporary decrease in blood volume:
Donating blood can cause a temporary decrease in blood volume, which can reduce the amount of oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
This can cause feelings of lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, which can be dangerous for a pilot.
2. Temporary decrease in cognitive function:
Donating blood can also cause a temporary decrease in cognitive function, which can affect a pilot's ability to make quick decisions or react to changing situations.
This can be particularly dangerous during flight.
3. Increased risk of hypoxia:
Hypoxia is a condition in which the body is deprived of oxygen.