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.
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.