National Blood Donor Month 2014
January is National Blood Donor Month this year, and the need is greater than ever! Your donation could help an elderly person, a wounded veteran or a child after surgery. Here are some statistics that you may not have known previously, according to the American Red Cross Blood Facts and Statistics:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
- A single car crash victim needs 100 pints of blood on average
- In the U.S. more than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
- The number of blood donors in a year in the U.S. = 9.2 million
- Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors
- Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments
- The typical blood donation takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive until the time you leave, is about an hour
- The average adult has 10 pints of blood in his or her body, the average amount taken during donation is 1 pint
- Information you give at a blood donation center is confidential and protected by HIPAA laws
- The number one reason why people donate? “I want to help others”
- Top two reasons people haven’t donated before? “I’m afraid of needles” or “I’ve never thought about it…”
- One donation can save the lives of three people
Seems like there are a lot more reasons why you SHOULD donate rather than not. Here at California Imaging Institute we promote the wellness of all our patients, some of whom might be your loved ones or even you! This month, we encourage you to try this out! For more information about how to donate in the Central Valley visit the Central California Blood Center.