If you have never donated blood before or you’ve haven’t done so in a while, now is the time to consider it. January is National Blood Awareness Month, and people all over the country are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and have blood drawn to help others in need. And don’t worry. It won’t hurt that much. Here are some things to know about donating blood and the importance of Blood Awareness Month.
You’ll Help Save Lives
Did you know that a single pint of donated blood can save up to three lives? Hospitals need blood for a number of different live-saving surgeries and procedures, and the wintertime is often the time of the year when hospitals reach critical levels in their blood supply. Reasons for this include increased amount of holiday vacations, poor weather and greater instances of illness. 1 in 3 people in their lifetime will need blood, so the life you save may just be your own. Speaking of that…
You’ll Get Your Critical Numbers Checked Out
In order to give blood, you do need to have a certain level of health. If you don’t have health insurance or you are just curious, a doctor will give you a mini-physical beforehand. You will get your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin checked out to make sure you are a good candidate for blood donation. If there is something wrong with you, you’ll have the knowledge to take action. Many people who suffer from high blood pressure, for example, don’t have an idea of their exact numbers.
Make Sure to Tell Others
You did the right thing. Now tell others about it. One of the easiest things to do is to spread the message through social media. I guarantee you’ll get a few likes and shares for your efforts. Another thing to do is to be your own billboard. Buy an awareness lapel pin that you can take with you wherever you go. When people ask you what it’s for, you can tell them that you donated and explain the importance of it. It’s a considerably low-cost way to get the word out that there is a need for blood all year round.
No matter the time of year, the demand for blood is there, but this time of the year is a crucial time of year as supply is very low. If you have the time and health, please consider it and spread the word once you do through a pin, social media or simple word of mouth.