Blood Donor Month: Blood Is An Essential Medicine

Blood Donor Month: Blood Is An Essential Medicine

The U.S. is facing the worst blood shortage in recent years with blood centers across the country having a dangerously low supply for certain critical blood types. Unfortunately, there’s been a blood supply shortage at various points throughout the pandemic due to a decline in overall blood donations and other pandemic-related disruptions.

January is National Blood Donor Month, so we want to do our part by spreading the word about the need for this essential medicine.

Blood Is A Lifesaving Medicine

More than 16 million units of blood and blood products are transferred annually with more than 45,000 units needed daily, according to the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB).

Blood is used in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for a variety of medical needs, such as:

Due to the blood supply challenges, some facilities have had to alter treatment or cancel patient surgeries.

Therefore, blood donors are needed to ensure this lifesaving essential medicine is available for patients whenever needed.

Blood Donation 101

The AABB states that most blood donation facilities require donors to weigh at minimum 110 pounds, be at least 16 years old and be in overall good health.

If you haven’t donated blood before, here’s what you can generally expect:

In about an hour, you can impact the lives of multiple people. In fact, one blood donation can save up to three lives.

Blood Donation Near You

Donating blood is a great way to give back to others. It’s a meaningful way to help your community, as well as a good reason to get out of the house.

Use the AABB Blood Donation Site Locator to find a blood bank near you. You can also look for blood drives in your area at nearby businesses, schools, places of worship and other community organizations.

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