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Give Blood…….. so you can say “I am a Blood Donor”

Give Blood…….. so you can say “I am a Blood Donor”

What you should know about giving the gift of life.Give Blood

One of the greatest of gifts is blood. And each day, blood donors help complete strangers live better and healthier lives. In some cases, blood donors are responsible for saving someone’s life. Are you a blood donor? What are you waiting for?

Who Needs Blood

The need for blood is deep and wide. Approximately out of every 10 people admitted to a hospital need a blood transfusion to ensure his or her organs and body are able to function properly. But when the amount of blood in your body is reduced, a transfusion is often required to return your body to optimal health. Some of the reasons people lose blood and lean on the generosity of blood donors include the following:

  • kidney disease, cancers, and other diseases that result in anemia (lack of red blood cells)
  • infections that prevent the body from being able to produce sufficient blood or one or more parts of the blood
  • bleeding disorders
  • traumatic accidents that cause substantial blood loss
  • surgical intervention during which a large amount of blood is lost in the process

How It’s Used

Every time you give blood, the blood donated can be used in a variety of ways. Whereas some patients need every part of your blood, others only need a certain aspect of your blood. Following your donation, medical experts can strip whatever particle a patient may need.

Where to Give

Finding a place in your community  should be an easy task. If you’re having problems, contact your physician or a nearby hospital and ask where to go. Once you find where to donate, make sure the location is certified and sterile. A single mishap can lead to you being stuck with a lifelong and even life-threatening disease.

Before donating, make sure that at your location, every donation is taken with a new needle and all used needles are discarded properly and not used again. It’s also a good idea to ask if all blood donated is tested for disease. If it is not, you should look for another organization where you’ll give your donation.

A Timely Process

When you arrive for your donation, expect to undergo a quick physical examination to ensure your blood will be useful in helping others. If you have a fever or have other health problems, you will likely be asked to leave and return when you regain your good health.

Once the needle is inserted into your arm and the donation process is underway, you ought to be finished in approximately 10 minutes. And to think, that’s all it takes to change or save a life!

Know Your Type

In case you didn’t know, all blood is not created equally. There are actually eight different types of blood, and there is no way to know what type you have without undergoing a blood test. The types of blood are A-positive, A-negative, B-positive, B-negative, AB-positive, AB-negative, O-positive, and O-negative.

Two of the most rare types of blood are B-negative and AB-negative, so if you have one of these types of blood, your donation is vital. Also, if you have type O-negative blood, your blood can be transfused into anyone—regardless of what type of blood he or she may have.

No matter what kind of blood flows through your veins, there is a desperate need for you to donate some of it. Across the world, the need for blood is greater than the blood available to go around. As there is no way to create blood in a laboratory, sickly and dying individuals in your community and around the world are depending on your generosity to make it to tomorrow and better health.

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