Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Starve a Vampire: Donate blood
It’s amazing how many people can but don’t donate blood. Did you know if you gave blood you can save 3 people? I don’t give every 3 months like I could but I do give at least once a year. This year I gave twice. I just wanted to share some fun facts about blood and donation.
~4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions.
~Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
~Every three seconds someone needs blood
~On average, a hip replacement typically uses one unit of blood, a cardiac bypass 2 units, a heart transplant 2 units, and a liver transplant 10 units!
~More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
So do you have a family member with cancer? Did your mom or dad have a heart transplant? How many of your grandparents has had a hip replacement? Are you one of those that just doesn’t have the time, afraid of needles or just doesn’t care? What if everyone had that same attitude would your loved one be alive today? Would they have survived their surgery if no one had donated? Please donate. Please save a life. You never know if you will be the one needing the blood when you come into my ER.
You don’t have to just give at the Red Cross your local hospital usually has a blood bank on sight. Just call most times you don’t even need an appointment.