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January is National Blood Donor Month!
National Blood Donor Month is geared towards increasing blood and platelet donations. This is because there has historically been a shortage of blood and platelets into the winter months. The Red Cross is encouraging men and women to resolve to roll up their sleeves and give blood this new year.
Your blood dation may help a life, and even save a life. The need is constant and your donation is important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply.
Most blood centers have difficulty keeping any more than a three-day supply of blood for transfusions. This means that the blood you donated last month is long gone. The need for blood, platelets, and plasma is constant, but only three in every 100 Americans donate blood.
Here are some fast facts from the American Red Cross about the need for blood:
- Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
- Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed each day.
- A single blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people!
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
- Even though an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
- Type O negative blood (red cells) can be received by patients of all blood types. Because of this, it is often in great demand and short supply. In addition, only 9% of the population in the United States has Type O negative blood.
Help make a positive difference by contributing towards this caus. You can give back in a number of ways during National Blood Donor month. Obviously, you may choose to donate blood yourself, but perhaps you can look at the possibility of setting up a blood drive event, or even volunteering. Regardless, the need for blood is great, and January is a time where we can bring added emphasis and awareness towards this cause.