January is National Blood Donor Month. This month is intended to recognize the lifesaving donations of blood and platelet donors throughout the country. January is a difficult time for blood donations due to the weather and holidays, however it is still very important. Hospital patients throughout the country require nearly 44,000 blood donations a day to keep up with their patient’s care. Blood donations usually must be used within 42 days of the donation date. This means that hospitals are in constant need of new donations.
Facts about blood donations:
- Every 2 seconds in the United States there is a need for blood.
- Donating blood is a safe and easy process; a sterile needle is used for your donation and discarded appropriately immediately after.
- On average, an adult has 10 liters of blood in their body. Only 1 liter is typically removed for donation.
- Healthy individuals can recreate the blood lost to a donation within a matter of hours.
- Blood can be donated safely once every 56 days.
- A single donation is often used to help more than 1 person.
What can you do to help?
- Donate blood at a local donation center.
- Encourage family and friends to donate blood.
- Volunteer at a donation center.
- Help to organize a blood drive with your employer.
- Encourage your local newspaper or news outlet to make an announcement for National Blood Donation Month.
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