This month, we celebrate National Blood Donor Month. Blood donation offers individuals an opportunity to give a gift that is free to them, but priceless to a patient in need. More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
Although more than 50 percent of the U.S. population is able to donate, fewer than 5 percent actually do. If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, blood donation is a great choice. Save a life by giving blood. Every month, more than 1,000 units of blood are used in life-saving procedures for adults, children and newborns at MemorialCare Health System medical centers.
The human body contains approximately 10 to 12 pints of blood and each blood donation is approximately 1 pint, which can save countless lives. For those interested in donating on a regular basis, you can donate once every 56 days according to AABB (American Association of Blood Banks).
Do you know your blood type?
O positive A positive B positive AB positive
O negative A negative B negative AB negative
People with O negative blood are strongly encouraged to donate since patients with any blood type can receive O negative blood. Type O blood is required in hospitals and must be available in inventory for newborn babies and emergency patients. O+ is the most common blood type and is found in 37 percent of the population.
Blood supplies vary depending on what region you’re in as well as the time of year, but this is truly a gift that is always in demand because one donation can save multiple lives. So, make January count and roll up your sleeve!
We are proud to have a Blood Donation Center here at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. To make an appointment to donate, call (949) 452-3158. You can also request an appointment by filling out this online form.