UA Cares: Celebrate National Blood Donor Month
If giving back was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then good news, the month of January is recognized as National Blood Donor Month by the American Red Cross. This month celebrates blood donations and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. We are encouraging those who can, to roll up a sleeve and give this month and throughout the new year.
As many healthcare professionals know, the lifesaving missions couldn’t go on without blood donors. Here are some blood facts to share with family, friends, and even patients.
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, around 4.5 million Americans will a need blood transfusion each year.
- Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
- About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
- Donated blood expires in 42 days.
- Blood shortages happen most during the holidays.
Facts About Donating Blood
- Donating blood is good for your heart.
- Donating blood lowers your cancer risks.
- Donating blood burns calories.
How Each of Us Can Help
1. Donate your blood, you can about every 2 months.
2. Encourage others to donate.
3. Gather your friends, neighbors, office, and organize a blood drive.
4. Volunteer at Blood Drives, as skilled healthcare professionals, you could always donate your time and help at blood drives.
For more information on donating blood, visit the American Red Cross. Spread the word about National Blood Donor Month!