January is National Blood Donor Month

by SKHC Editor on January 5, 2010

Since 1970 the first month of the year has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. Why not kick off the New Year with a blood donation to your local Red Cross or other blood bank in honor of National Blood Donor Month? The whole process takes only about an hour of your time.

If you’re at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, not on antibiotics, without infection or fever, feeling healthy the day of and it’s been at least eight weeks since your last donation why not go for it? There are some other guidelines but those are the biggies.

Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days. That means it constantly needs to be replenished. In the midst of not only cold and flu season but the rise in car accidents during the winter season clean, backup blood is needed.

For information on where you can donate blood here’s a link to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) which has a handy Blood Bank Locator Map.

Sources: aabb.org, healthnews.com, redcross.org

{ 2 comments }

Mary Wainwright January 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I have inquired in the past about having a blood drive @ our small school located on the very outskirts of Philadelphia. At the time of my inquiry there were so many stipulations and guidelines as to the “conditions of the facility”. We have some interested people who had been willing, I do not want to ask them again unless I have a agency who can work with us.

Thank you,
M.Wainwright, RN, BSN, CSN
School Nurse
Green Woods Charter School
(215)-482-1613
Can you forward my request to a contact person in Philadelphia?

Sarah January 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

Unfortunately I do not have any contact people in Philadelphia but if you haven’t tried already I would get in touch with the American Red Cross and see if there’s any thing they can do or if they have any suggestions to help you out. Sincerely, Sarah at SKHC

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