The national blood supply must cover every day needs and unexpected disasters. Frequent volunteer blood donors ensure that blood is ready (collected and tested) and available year-round whenever and wherever it is needed.A common blood usage is that accident most use blood.
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Blood donations help millions of patients in need. To make the journey from “arm to arm,” every unit goes through a series of steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be.
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.
Why Donate Blood?
Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
Some believe it is the right thing we do.
Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet
Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz of liquid before and after your donation
Have a healthy meal before your donation foods high in fat just prior to donation
40,000 pints of blood are needed every day
You can help increase blood supplies and awareness of the need for blood donations by establishing a program with Humanity Forever and its member blood centers.You can also help increase blood supplies and awareness by joining one of the blood donation programs already in place.
The Value of Blood. Blood transfusion saves millions of lives in America each year.1 An adequate and safe blood supply allows hospitals to perform many modern medical miracles, such as transplants, aggressive cancer therapies, reconstructive surgery and major trauma resuscitation.
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Why Donate Blood ?
• Be at least 17 years old. (In some states, you can donate if you are 16 years old and get permission from a parent.)
• Weigh at least 110 lb (50 kg).
• Be in good health.
You can do a few things before you give blood to make sure that you have a good experience:
• Make sure you feel good. Don't give blood if you feel ill.
• Eat a good breakfast or lunch. But avoid fatty foods. They can affect some of the tests done on donated blood to make sure it's safe.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Get plenty of sleep the night before.
A health professional will measure your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. He or she also will use a finger-stick test to make sure that you have enough iron in your blood.