You get the call—the one no parent wants to hear. Your child is out with friends. There’s been an auto accident. It’s serious. Four injured teenagers, all different blood types, all needing blood. Will the right type of blood be available? Will there be enough?
Of course there will. That’s what hospitals do, isn’t it?
Hospitals provide blood to patients who need it, but they rely on ordinary, healthy people to keep their supply replenished. Needed blood comes from only one place—the human body. And the adequate supply of blood rests totally and completely upon individuals who make the choice to donate.
There are many reasons people don’t give blood. Number one is they simply don’t think about it. They’re busy. They don’t like needles. They were deferred once and never tried again. Or they have conditions precluding donation. These reason have always existed.
But there is growing concern for our present situation. In order to ensure the health of donors and the safety of the blood supply, more blood than ever is being disqualified. Increased exposure to new diseases, newly discovered health threats, an increase in blood-born diseases, the prevalence of cancer, and the popularity of tattoos and piercings all make finding safe blood especially difficult in our modern world.
Many dedicated donors are now aging out. And, with the increasing reasons not to donate, the question is: why bother? But then, who will make up the deficit?
All people may need blood at some point in their lives, but only 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate at any given time. Of that percentage, 10% actually do. And those generous people who do are besieged with constant, fervent pleas to continue. Let’s help them out. We need new, younger donors willing to meet the ever-constant need.
Will you be one of them? Will you consider joining the minority to provide life and health for the majority?
Here are some statistics to think about:
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood—that’s equivalent to 100 donors.
- Newborn babies and emergencies present situations requiring “un-typed,” O negative blood—only 7% of people in the U.S. have O negative blood.
- The need for whole blood is constant because its shelf life is only 42 days. It is often separated into three components: red blood cells, platelets (shelf life: 5 days), and plasma (shelf life: 1 year, if frozen).
If you’d like to give blood, please join us for our:
Annual River West Blood Drive
Thursday, March 14.
Donation slots are available from 1-7pm.
Click here to learn more or sign up to donate.