Things to Know about Blood Awareness Month

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. 778You 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.

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3 Responses to Things to Know about Blood Awareness Month

  1. Jamie DeVriend says:

    I was glad to find this post! There are people of all ages who desperately require transfusions, and fewer people donate around the holidays. I also think the donation pin is a great way to bring awareness to the need. I believe one can contact a local blood bank to find out how to get one, but otherwise making use of social media to spread the word is a good idea, too. If everyone tells just one other person, they’re doing others a service.

  2. Hafiz says:

    I have no health issues yet , is there any age limit for donating blood?
    I am 53 and have never donated blood before!

  3. Dan Steeves says:

    I find it very interesting that most people are not aware of the grave dangers of transfused blood. Hepatitus C, malaria, cytomegalovirus, AIDS and many other viruses, pathogenic bacteria and parasites are transmitted in contaminated blood. There are also many hemolytic (destruction of red blood cells) reactions from blood transfusions, some quite dangerous. Blood transfusions also suppress the recipient’s immune system. Blood transfusions are an organ transplant that the body rejects. There is no scientific evidence that transfused blood is capable of delivering oxygen to the body’s cells. Those who undergo major surgery without being transfused recover much better and faster than those who receive blood. Plus medical technology has advanced to the point where transfusion of donated blood is now unnessary. In case of trauma and severe blood loss the principal objective is to maintain normovolemia through volume expanders so as to avoid the collapse of the cardiovascular system.
    Even the U.S. military is training their surgeons in the techniques of bloodless surgery with notable success. So in conclusion we could say that the practice of allogenic blood transfusions has its days counted. In spite of the fact that blood banks and clinics make billions from the sale of donated blood.