January is National Blood Donor Month


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BloodClot-300x216.jpgJanuary is the first month of the year, the month when winter is keenly felt by many, and it's also National Blood Donor Month! Those taking care of elderly individuals may want to find a way to mark this annual observation.


The Celebration

National Blood Donor Month was established in 1970 as a time when blood banks and other organizations can recognize and honor the more than 11,000,000 people who donate blood all across America every year. It is also an excellent way to encourage other people who do not currently donate blood to do so in the coming year.

Although there is always a need for blood donors (as those taking care of elderly loved ones who have required a transfusion know all too well), there is an especially great need for blood in January. Blood donations in general tend to drop when winter weather is present.

When taking care of elderly patients develops into a situation involving blood, people want to know that the type of blood they need is going to be there for them. On an average basis, the United States needs 44,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of accident victims, hospital patients, and chronic users of blood supply products.

Blood Donation Facts

For those who have never donated, here are a few facts:

  • Blood donation involves a sterile needle that is used once and then disposed of.
  • The actual blood donation takes 10-15 minutes, but the whole process takes about an hour. (That allows time to check in and time to make sure you feel alright afterward.)
  • A typical donation is 1 pint; most adults have about 10 pints in their bodies.
  • A single donation of blood can help up to 3 different people.

Those taking care of elderly loved ones who can give blood themselves may want to do so. And they may want to encourage their friends and family members to give blood as well. For more information, visit the American Red Cross or America’s Blood Centers.


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