How many of you have either donated blood or have heard of one of your friends donate blood? I’m sure this applies to pretty much all of you.
As of right now, at least this was my impression, donating blood is viewed by most people as something that is the right thing to do, however if you don't donate it might not make a huge difference, similar to voting. A few years ago, my father was in a car accident and needed a blood transfusion that possibly saved his life. Ever since then I have been donating blood very often and volunteering at blood drives whenever I am able to. With the never ending demand for blood growing every day, you should attempt to donate as soon as possible, it may just save a life. Today, I will introduce you to the world of donating blood by informing you of who is in need of your blood, why you should donate, and how exactly you can donate. Body
So why donate blood?
As you know, blood is essential for human life.
Blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds and there is always a constant need throughout the US for blood.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institue, “more than 5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the US and Canada” The article goes on to state that,”Someone needs blood every 2 seconds” The demand for blood is constant, the supply is not. There are 4 main reasons why you should donate: Your donation directly saves lives- according to Memorial Blood Centers, ”If you began donating blood at the age of 16 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated over 48 gallons of blood, potentially saving over 1100 lives!” In other words, every time you donate, you help save the lives of up to 3 people. Think about that for a second. It is such a quick procedure that it’s not really an inconvenience at all- Donating blood takes about 1 hour. 1 hour is all it takes to save up to 3 peoples lives and that is only if you donate once. Within 10 days your blood will have reached someone in need. This is very satisfying knowing that there is such a quick return on your time investment. Others are depending on you- Right now, family members, classmates, neighbors, and many more members of your community are depending on donations to stay alive. Help them secure peace of mind that they will receive their transfusions by donating today. Health benefits- If these were not motivation enough, there are some personal benefits to giving blood which includes a mini physical checkup of your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and hemoglobin levels. In essence, the need for your blood is massive, and you have the power in your hands to directly give the gift of life. Who would you be donating for?
As I previous stated, anyone in your community may need blood at some point or another, whether it’s on a regular basis or due to an accident Take my father for example, he was driving home from work one Spring afternoon and the sun was directly in front of his car, blinding his vision. He was unable to see the car break quickly in front of him, and he smashed into it. He ruptured his eye socket and had nasty gashes on his head and upper body that caused him to lose a lot of blood. Upon arriving at the hospital he received a blood transfusion from a random donor that saved his life. Now there are two main groups of people who need blood.
The first group of people includes those, like my father, who need a blood transfusion because they lose blood during an accident or a surgical operation. According to Blood Centers of the Pacific, “About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need a blood transfusion.” Think about the last time you were in the hospital and how many people were in there and 1 in seven of them require a blood transfusion. That statistic really allows you to understand the huge demand for blood The second group of people includes those who require blood...
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