The little boy who has hemophilia and has suffered a grave injury needs it. The grandmother who is going into surgery needs it. The American Red Cross needs it. What do all of these entities have in common? They all require thoughtful and selfless individuals who are willing to donate their blood.
The general public knows about the benefit of giving blood; it saves the lives of those who must have it. People have a tendency not to think about that life giving fluid until they themselves require it or a loved one needs it. Some statistical facts explaining why blood donation is essential in the United States are:
• Human blood can’t be replaced by another substance.
• Most people who are eligible to give blood don’t do it because they consider themselves too busy.
• Only five percent of the populous give blood annually. Sixty percent are able to donate.
• Blood shortages are common during the summer and winter seasons.
• Without donors, approximately 4,500,000 people would die in the United States each year.
• People need blood transfusions every three seconds.
• Approximately one person in ten will need a blood transfusion upon entering a hospital.
• People who suffer from blood ailments such as sickle cell disease, anemia and hemophilia need blood transfusions sometimes on a monthly basis.
While it is true that some of the public may think they do not have the time to give blood, many do not volunteer because of misconceptions. They believe that going to that blood drive may cause them harm. They may also feel that they don’t qualify for giving that vital fluid because of a chronic health issue. Facts that debunk some false ideas are:
• AIDS or other diseases cannot be contracted from bestowing the gift of blood.
• If a donor has raised or high blood pressure, he or she can contribute blood as long as the systolic number is lower than 180 and the diastolic number is lower than 100.
• For persons who have diabetes, they too can give blood as long as their blood glucose is regulated.
• One must eat a certain type of diet in order to give blood.
If a person wants to become a donor, he or she basically has to be in relatively good health (no cold or flu). Those persons would also have to be 17 years of age (16 in some states) or older and weigh 110 pounds or more. Individuals who donate blood to help humankind are heroes to that hemophiliac boy and the grandma receiving that operation. Become a hero today.