Importance of Blood Donation Essay

709 Words Nov 18th, 2008 3 Pages
I want to talk to you about the importance of donating blood. Some of you may know a friend or even a family member who has received blood at some time. I for one have received blood and I often wonder who took the time to donate it. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, it is noted that just 1 pint of blood can save three lives.
Why You Should Give
Giving blood does not just benefit recipients. Regardless of age, donating blood offers many benefits for donors. It lets you: time-consuming tests. Then, it must be used relatively quickly or it will perish-whole blood for instance, according to the American Red Cross, is no longer usable after 42 days. As a result, maintaining an adequate blood supply is a
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They include:
* cancer patients
* sickle cell patients
* leukemia patients
* premature infants * hemophilia patients
* surgery patients
* accident victims
* burn and trauma victims
These are important reasons to donate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What is the criteria to be a blood donor? A donor must:
• Be at least 17 years old.
• Weigh at least 110 lbs.
• Be free of major cold, flu and allergy symptoms.
• Not have had hepatitis after age 11.
• Not have had any risk factors or behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS.
Reasons for not being able to donate:
• Hepatitis after age 11
• IV Drug User (even one time)
• Certain obstructive lung disorders
• Certain liver disorders
• Persons who have taken Tegison for psoriasis
• Persons who have taken human-derived pituitary growth hormone
• Persons with symptoms or laboratory evidence of AIDS or who are considered to have an increased risk for contracting AIDS
 Suffering from anemia
Remember 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. You can contact the local Red Cross centers to donate blood or there are always bloodmobiles in the area-seeking donors.
Therefore, I encourage you to give the Gift of Life
• If you are like most people, you have a gift that you can keep on giving. Since you can spare it, why not share it…regularly. In addition, encourage your family and friends. After all, you never know when you or someone you love could use it. Speaking for myself as well as others who has received