National Blood Donor Month Drawing to an End

Blood Donor Month
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The first month of the year has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month since 1970. January is drawing to an end, but that doesn't mean that the need for blood donations will end. That need for blood donation is never-ending.

According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), approximately 39,000 united of blood are required in the United States every day. This blood is used in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients treated with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, for elective surgery patients and to help save the lives of accident victims.

The AABB works in conjunction with the American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers. Their main goal is to help those in need of blood.

It is not too late to start the new year off right, by donating blood to the Red Cross or your local blood bank in honor of National Blood Donor Month. The process only takes an hour of your time, and results in lifesaving platelets or pints of blood for those in need. All blood types are needed.

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You may even chose to make it a regular part of your charitable activities or community service. You are eligible to donate blood every 8 weeks.

General Guidelines About Blood Donation

You must be healthy and be at least 17 years old. You must weigh at least 110 pounds. "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. Just because you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure does not mean you are un-eligible to donate. "Healthy" in light of a chronic condition means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Other aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured.

To learn more blood donation opportunities, visit www.givelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

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