Blood transfusion saved the lives of these three blood recipients
Why do hospitals still need blood donations?
Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood is vital for trauma victims, cancer patients and many others, and there’s a constant need for it. Doctors depend on a ready source of blood when performing surgeries and providing other treatments for their patients. What’s more, blood cannot be manufactured and can only come from volunteer donors — people like you.
Each new donor helps us meet patient need, and each patient is somebody’s loved one — meaning your donation impacts many people.
The process of giving blood is simple — plus, there are benefits for you
Donating blood is easy, and it can save someone’s life. The entire process takes less than an hour, and the actual donation time only about 10 minutes.
Everyone knows that blood donations help patients. But did you know it benefits you, too? When you donate blood, your cholesterol levels, temperature, pulse and blood pressure are checked. If you’re itching to know if you’re as healthy as you feel, this is a great way to find out while helping others in the process.
Wondering about your eligibility? Here are the basics when it comes to donating blood:
- You must be at least 16 years old (16- and some 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian, if required by state or school).
- Weigh at least 110 pounds.
- Be in good general health.