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Be a hero - Donate blood!

A presentation on the pros (and possible cons) of donating blood on a regular basis

Kaleigh Lorow

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of Be a hero - Donate blood!

Double click anywhere & add an idea Donation Types
Whole blood
Double RBCs Eligibility Requirements
must be at least 17
in relative good health
have a hemoglobin level of 12.5 or higher
weigh a minimum of 110 lbs Why should I?
one donation can save up to 3 lives
the actual process of giving blood only takes about 10-15 minutes
blood has a shelf life of only 21-35 days, so it must be replenished constantly
less than 38% of Americans are even eligible to donate blood
only about 3% of those eligible Americans donate every year
Donation needs
in the US alone, someone needs blood every 2 seconds
the Red Cross estimates that over 38,000 blood donations are needed EVERY DAY!
on average, a blood donation consists of 3 pints of blood
type O negative is the most requested blood type Blood Types
Type A - can donate to A's and AB's
Type B - can donate to B's and AB's
Type O - can donate to everybody, but can only recieve from O's - most common type
Type AB - can only donate to othe AB's, but can recieve from anybody
+ and - just tell if the Rh antigen is present or not (Rh+ blood can be given to either Rh+ or Rh- patients, but Rh- blood can only be given to Rh- patients) - Be A Hero -
Donate Blood Regularly! Current supplies
the Red Cross collects about 16 million donations a year (about 42% of the needed supply)
Type O negative blood is is high demand but short supply, since it can be given to anyone
Type AB positive plasma is also in high demand/ short supply for the same reason
"Cons" of giving blood...
there is a needle involved
they ask you how much you weigh
you may get a small bruise around the needle site
they make you sit down and eat cookies and juice afterwards so you don't pass out
uou arent allowed to do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities/ exercise (of ANY kind...) for about 24 hours after donating
you may experience a little fatigue after giving up a little over a pint of blood
gender - almost equal (50% men, 50% women donors)
19% are occasional donors, 31% are first-time donors, and 50% are regular donors How often you can donate
whole blood - every 56 days (every 8 weeks)
platelets - every 7 days, up to 24 times a year
plasma - every 28 days (4 weeks), up to 13 times a year
double RBCs - every 112 days (every 16 weeks), up to 3 times a year Next blood drive at BU
Wednesday, July 21st in Kehr Union Ballroom
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