the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds.
The American Red Cross is the nation's largest supplier of
blood, plasma, and tissue. These blood and blood
components are used in emergency services, in the
treatment of cancer patients and people with blood
disorders, and in other lifesaving treatments that benefit
countless individuals across the country.
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how giving blood saves lives!
Who Can Give Blood
Virtually any healthy person can donate blood. There
are very few restrictions: Your health must be good. You
must weigh at least 110 pounds and you must be more than
17 years old.
Giving blood is simple and safe. Trained Red Cross
health care specialists will help you through the donation
process. All in all, it takes about an hour and 15
minutes. Here is what happens: First we spend a few
minutes registering you as a donor. Next, we give you a
mini-physical to check your temperature, pulse, and blood
pressure. We also check you iron level. Next, we will
collect a unit of blood (about a pint). You will feel a
slight pinch when the needle is inserted, but this feeling
lasts for only a second. Overall, the procedure is
Blood Is Safe
The American Red Cross does its best to make certain
your blood donation will be a pleasant, safe experience.
We check your
health before allowing you to donate blood. We use a new
sterile needle and plastic bag to collect the blood.
Both are used only once! This precaution guarantees
that you cannot get an infection while donating blood.
Blood Donation Is Used
Blood is fragile and usually must be used within 35 to
42 days. Each pint you give may help four or more
can be used to replace blood lost by patients who are
suffering from massive bleeding. Blood can also be
separated into components that are then used individually.
the yellow liquid portion of blood, is a source of
proteins that stop bleeding by forming blood clots.
Patients such as hemophiliacs, whose own blood does not
clot properly, need these proteins.
which also aid in blood clotting, are fragile blood cells
that leukemia and other cancer patients need. They must be
transfused within five days of donation.
cells are given to help patients, including newborn
infants, fight severe infections.
cells help treat anemia and increase the
oxygen-carrying ability of the blood during surgery.
More than half a million people a year live fuller,
healthier lives because people like you become tissue
CAN BE A TISSUE DONOR--Donors range in age from newborn to
over 80. For the health and safety of those who receive
donated tissue, a careful medical evaluation is always
made at the time of death.
MANY KINDS OF
TISSUE CAN BE DONATED TO SAVE AND IMPROVE LIVES--
Heart Valves, Tendons, Ligaments and Corneas are used in a
wide range of vital medical procedures.