Blood drive

Nadia Amoah

 

Donating blood can be a great way to give back to your community. Giving blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used once for each donor to insure a safe environment for the blood drive’s donors.

Then they are discarded. Blood donation is a simple and great  four-step process. Students register provide amedical history and mini-physical. After the donation refreshments and snacks are given and you are asked to sit and relax before returning to class.

Every blood donor is given a quick mini-physical examination. The donor’s temp, and also blood pressure are checked to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood. The donation itself takes approximately 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave officially takes  an hour and roughly 15 minutes. The average adult has roughly 10 pints of blood in his or her body. About 1 pint is given during the donation. A healthy donor may donate as few as seven days apart, but it’s a maximum of 24 times a year. The donated blood is tested for HIV and any other infectious diseases before it is released to hospitals. Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.

Here are some interesting blood related facts.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Approximately 36,000 of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
The most common blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
Blood used for emergencies is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
It is often estimated that sickle cell disease affects 100,000 people in the U.S.
According to the American Cancer Society, around 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will  need blood, sometimes daily.
A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. The final determination will be made on the day of the donation at the blood drive or blood donation center. If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again. The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
Two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood are: “Never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles.”

The Red Cross accepts blood donations from volunteer donors.
Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 24 percent donate occasionally, 26 percent are first-time donors, and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
Only seven percent of people in the U.S. have type O negative blood. Type O negative donors are universal red cell donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
Type O negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.
Around 45 percent of people in the U.S. have positive or negative blood.

AB positive type blood donors are universal donors