Health Department blood drive

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

Summer is almost over, but the need for blood is never ending! It’s a time to share life.

With schools out and families on vacation, it’s often difficult to collect enough blood to meet patient needs during the summer months. Now is the time to replenish blood supplies. Your donation could be vital to helping save the life of a father involved in an auto accident, a mother giving birth to her baby, or a child with a blood disorder.

Did you know every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood? Every day, 44,000 unites of blood are needed to treat patients at U.S. hospitals. The need is constant.

Did you know each blood donation has the potential to save up the three lives? Your donation can be separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets to treat patients with different needs. The gratification is instant!

The average adult’s body contains 10 to 12 pints of blood. When you donate blood, you give about one pint. Your body replenishes that donated pint in 24 hours.

There is no substitute that covers all the needs of human blood transfusion. Current blood substitutes are only designed for oxygen carrying capacity, they have no effect on the ability of blood to clot or prevent hemorrhaging. Only about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Of those eligible, only eight percent actually donate. If you are one of those lucky ones, PLEASE give blood!

The Lincoln County Health Department Blood Drive will be held on Monday, September 9, from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at 5 Health Department Dr. Troy. To make an appointment go to redcrossblood.org or call Donna at 636-528-6117 ext. 407.

If you donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 you could win a $1,000 gift card. Remember to bring valid photo ID.

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