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38,000 Blood Donations are Needed Every Day


Did you see Boston Medical’s sixth episode? The man who fell from a ladder required 15 units of blood. He survived, but would not have without blood donors.

He exemplifies the continued need for blood donations across the country each and every day. In addition to trauma, surgery and diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cancer can require blood for treatment. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

The American Red Cross states every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Because blood can not be manufactured, it take blood donors.

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All blood types are needed, but types O-negative, A-negative and B-negative are needed most.

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).

American Red Cross