Donate blood

January is National Blood Donation Awareness Month. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.

More than 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer will need blood transfusion during chemotherapy treatment.

Red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints. Blood donations collected in the US in a year is 15.7 million. Blood donors in US in a year is 9.2 million. Blood only comes from generous donors.

Type O-negative blood is in high demand, but often short supplied. Type AB-positive plasma can be transfered to other patients of other blood types, but is often short supplied. One blood donations takes only one hour and fifteen minutes.

Before the blood goes to the hospital it is tested for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B+C, and sexual transmitted diseases. One pint of blood per donation. Blood donation is safe. One sterile needle to one donor, and the needle is discarded after use. Trained nurses are poking you. You must be 17 years old, must be healthy, mini physical and medical history, weight 110 pounds, have good iron levels iron helps blood clot. 1 pint of blood saves 3 people lives.

Chantel Ward


Submitted by Virtual Newsroom