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Blood Drive by the America Red Cross this Thursday!

by Laura Gleason on 2020-01-13T10:56:00-07:00 in Public Health, Health Care Admininstration, Health Sciences | Comments

American Red Croos Bood Drive. Donors needed. Give Blood. January 16 from 9:30am to 3:30pm in Oboler Library's Student Loune

Sign up to donate at the front desk of the Oboler Library or online with the American Red Cross.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Here are just a few of their stories. - How Blood Donations Help Patients

"The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors. But supply can’t always meet demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Each new donor helps us meet patient needs.

"Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood. 13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year. About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%). Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.  Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less). Platelets must be used within just 5 days." - Blood Supply Statistics

If you have questions about donating, The American Red Cross has a webpage devoted to answering concerns or call 1-800-733-2767.

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