Visit the American Red Cross and donate today. Your gift potentially could help save up to three lives.
Every two seconds, someone in United States needs a blood transfusion, and just one pint of donated blood potentially can help save up to three lives. This January, The Doctors has teamed up with the American Red Cross to celebrate National Blood Donor Month and encourage all healthy individuals to perform this life-saving act.
“The Red Cross alone needs to collect 15,000 units of blood every day to meet patient need,” says American Red Cross CEO Darrin Greenlee. “That equates to over 5 million units per year.”
Greenlee explains that the entire process takes approximately one hour, including registration, a short physical examination, blood donation and refreshments. The actual donation takes just 4-7 minutes. Healthy individuals are eligible to donate blood every 8 weeks.
ER physician Travis Stork is the first in line to make a donation.
“I’ve seen firsthand how the gift of blood can truly give the gift of life,” he says.
Dr. Travis adds that it’s important to make sure you’re hydrated and have eaten a good meal prior to giving blood.
Additional tips for first time donors include:
- Get a proper night’s sleep.
- Drink plenty of fluids both prior to donation and after.
- Eat iron-rich foods, such as red meat, beans, fish or raisins.
- Avoid fatty foods prior to donating.
- Avoid strenuous activity for the first few hours after donation, and lie down if you experience any lightheadedness.
“I hope by doing this, it will allay people’s fears,” Dr. Travis says. “It really is not difficult.”
To find a blood drive near you and schedule your appointment to save lives, visit www.redcross.org.