The month of January has been National Blood Donor Month since 1970. Increased awareness of this selfless act is escalated during the winter months because the healthcare industry has a short supply of blood products due to the cold weather, holiday travel, and illnesses. 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year, which means that a blood transfusion occurs every 2 seconds. Every day across the country there are individuals who need blood transfusions, whether it is a child with cancer, an accident victim, or your loved one recovering from their surgical procedure. Becoming a blood donor is a tremendous way to help others in your community; with your blood donation you could help save the lives of up to 3 individuals.
Common Questions / Answers
Who can donate blood?
Healthy adults with no history of hepatitis or HIV/AIDs who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate a pint of blood every 56 days, or every 2 months. There are certain medical conditions, medications, and recent travel to malarial-epidemic areas that may restrict your blood donation.
Is donating blood safe?
Yes, there is no risk for you to contract any diseases while donated blood.
How long does it take to donate blood?
The whole process can take an hour from start to finish. The process consists of 4 easy steps: starts with a short medical history, quick physical exam, blood donation, and then a snack consumption to refuel your body.
How much blood is taken?
1 pint (Women have 10 pints and men have 12 pints in their bodies). Your body will replace the blood volume within 48 hours, while 3-5 weeks to replace the blood cells you donated.
Where can I donate blood?
You can find a local mobile or community blood drive within your demographic area on the internet or you may contact the American Red Cross for further information.
Please do not assume hospitals have an adequate supply of blood products, they are always in need. Please encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to donate blood. It is a “priceless” gift that you can give to 3 lucky individuals and know that you made a big impact in their lives.
For further information on Blood Donation, please visit the American Red Cross
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