January has been declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and with good reason. The month was designated in 1970 by The American Red Cross to encourage blood donations.
Contributions are usually in short supply during the winter months due to the winter blues, busy holiday agendas, added cold and flu symptoms and treacherous winter weather that can lead to more traumatic injuries on icy roads. All of which can render the most committed blood donors temporarily from coming to their appointments to give. The need for a healthy and abundant blood supply is critical for hospitals to save lives.
Facts about giving blood:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
- Blood cannot be manufactured—it can only come from generous donors.
- Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed each day.
- Be in general overall good health
- Be 17 years of age or older in the majority of the United States and 16 years old with parental consent
- Weigh a minimum of 110 pounds
- Have two forms of identification
All Memorial Healthcare employees, volunteers and the public are encouraged to give the give of life, by making blood donation a priority during the month of January. Your help could mean hope for those in need by making a difference in the lives of others.
For an upcoming blood drive near you, please click here.