Give of your time; Give of yourself

Give of your time; Give of yourself

With the holiday season just around the corner, you may want to consider giving a gift to your community this year.

There are many opportunities to help others during the holidays. You can donate time at local hospitals, deliver meals to shut-ins or work in a kitchen that prepares meals for those less fortunate.

Contact your local United Way or visit ministryhealth.org to find out ways you can help people in need.

Donate Blood

It can literally save a life. Donation is safe and easy. The process takes about an hour and you will have made a difference in a life-threatening situation. If you are in good health, at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass the mini-physical and interview, you can donate once every 56 days.

Donation is safe; the needles and bags to collect the blood are used only once. Before you donate, get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast or lunch – eat iron-rich foods, drink plenty of fluids and take your medication as prescribed.

The actual donation, which is about a pint of blood, takes between 10 and 12 minutes. Your blood will be tested for communicable diseases. If your blood is disease-free, it will be distributed. If a disease is found in your blood, you will be notified confidentially, except as required by law.

Blood and Donation Facts

1 – the number of pints given during donation
3 – the percentage of people who have AB-positive blood type. AB-positive type blood donors are universal donors of plasma
3 – the number of pints in an average red blood cell transfusion
3 – The number of lives that may be saved by one donation
4 – the number of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate
5 – the number of days in which platelets must be used
7 – the percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type
10 – the average number of pints of blood in an adult body
38 – the percentage of the US population eligible to give blood
42 – the number of days in which red blood cells must be used
100 – the number of pints a single car accident victim may require
38,000+ – the number of blood donations needed daily
Type O negative –the most common blood requested by hospitals; it can be transfused to patients of all blood types
Type AB-positive – this plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply
All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it is released

*Source: American Red Cross

For more information, contact the American Red Cross at 800.GIVE.LIFE or the Blood Center of Wisconsin at 1.877.BE.A.HERO (1.877.232.4376) or contact your local Ministry Health Care facility.

 
 
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